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2015 Wine Country Film Festival

Open City of Amereida

Directed by Andres Tapia-Urzua

Arts in Film / Chile, USA / Architecture, Art, Documentary / 51 mins / Spanish with English subtitles

Open City of Amereida

The Dunbar Elementary School
September 20, 2015 5:00 pm

Description

In 1970, students and teachers from the faculty of Architecture at the Catholic University of Valparaiso founded the Open City of Amereida in Ritoque, Chile. This city is conceived as an architecture laboratory with an existential premise from where to inhabit, rediscover and refound the American continent based on an original, creative, and non-colonial idea of identity. Here, for several decades, work has been done in one of architectural education’s most radical experiments. Through the fusion of architecture with poetic thought, and a particular mythology of life, the “open citizens” imagine a social habitat that is different from traditional architecture and society. Based on the testimonies of its inhabitants, this documentary narrates the origins, the history, and the cultural legacy of this community that for over 40 years has explored a way of living where “…the rhyme between the word and the action…” becomes reality.

 


Director's Bio

Born in the U.S. and raised in Chile, electronic media artist, Andres Tapia-Urzua explores the liminality of a cross-cultural, cross-technological identity through a hybrid practice of video, music, performance and installation. Fusing aesthetic, theoretical and political issues, Tapia-Urzua offers a poignant and fascinating look at cultural identity–where social alienation, high-tech environments and the poetics of globalization are represented in sharp and accessible ways.


Preceded By

  1. First Degree

    Roger Weisberg / USA / 2015 / Documentary, Short / 25 mins
    FIRST DEGREE finds hope in the seemingly hopeless place of an infamous NY prison by investigating an unusual college behind bars that is successfully preventing Sing Sing inmates from being sent back up the river after their release.

    Precedes: Open City of Amereida


  2. When the Land Turned Black

    Ashley Panzera / EcoCInema / USA / 2014 / Agriculture, Documentary, Drama, Environmental, Nature, Short / 5 mins
    When the Land Turned Black is a short documentary directed by Ashley Panzera. The film is a glimpse into the life of a third generation farmer, Donny Nelson, and the changes hes seen to his land during North Dakotas oil boom. Donny's connection and love for his land is a powerful contrast to the oil industry around him.

    Precedes: Open City of Amereida


Dates & Times

Open City of Amereida

The Dunbar Elementary School
September 20, 2015 5:00 pm