Rolling Strong and Juan's Claws
September 23, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
Against the odds! Cinema and Disabilities
We are starting our first season of films with two F- Rated* productions that have not been screened in the English Southwest. Two talented Latin American directors: Mariana Vega Oroza from Perú and Alejandra Jiménez from Colombia -based in London for over 20 years- present their latest productions. They bravely followed the stories of people who despite their motor disabilities have succeeded… achieving their goals against all odds!
Juan's Claws (Las garras de Juan)
Director: Alejandra Jiménez, UK/Colombia, 2016, 22 mins, U, F-Rated
(in Spanish with English subtitles) Documentary, Drama, Animation
With: Juan Botero Bernal, Jorge Botero Bernal
Juan's Claws is a short documentary about the determination of a man, a friend, and his battle with an inherited disease -Friedreich’s Ataxia - that debilitates all muscles in the body.
Working in between the genre of observational documentary and personal cinema, it follows Juan’s journey to the middle of the jungle along the Don Diego River in the Sierra Nevada, Santa Marta – Colombia, his dream for his fortieth birthday celebration. He wanted to revisit his brother small hut hidden in an isolated area of the region and ride unaided along the small trails in his all-terrain wheelchair. Were his expectations fulfilled?
Official selection of Auckland Film Festival, Docs Without Border Festival / Human Spirit Short; Exceptional Merit for Viewer Impact: Content/Message Delivery. Award of Recognition: Disability Issues, Best Short Competition.
Alejandra Jiménez is a Colombian director, whose work moves between fiction and documentary with a mix media approach that merges film, photography and animation. Alejandra is also an animation lecturer at several institutions in London. Her short films have won several awards, and her work as animator/image manipulator can be seen in several shorts films and commercials.
Rolling Strong (Rodar contra todo)
Director: Marianela Vega Oroza, Perú, 2016, 74 mins U, F-Rated
(in Spanish with English subtitles) Documentary, Sports
With: Erik García, Bladimir Bolívar, Graciela Lanata, Alfredo Poemape, Manuel Benavides, César Tremolada
Rolling Strong is a feature-length documentary film that tells the story of the first wheelchair rugby team in Perú. They are a group of men and women from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds who got together in 2012 to play a new sport of which they knew little about. The film follows them for two years, showing their process of coming together as a team, the excitement of their first international tournaments and the goals, dreams and motivations that guide their everyday struggle on and off the court.
Rolling Strong was screened in 2016 Together Film Festival (London), DocFeed (Netherlands), World Film Festival (Tartu, Estonia), San Diego Latino Film Festival (California, USA, Cine Las Americas Film Festival (Austin, Texas, USA).
Marianela Vega Oroza is a Peruvian director, MFA in Film Production at the University of Texas at Austin, where she received honours for her artistic and academic achievements. She has directed several short films which have been screened at numerous international film festivals. Rolling Strong (Rodar contra todo) is her first feature length film. Marianela is also a teacher at University level in Lima. “Combining different formats, genres and visual elements, she approaches filmmaking from an intimate point of view. Her films are a personal journey through themes such as identity, family and memory”.
Alejandra Jiménez will be answering questions after the screening in Trowbridge and Marianela Vega via Skype from Perú.
With thanks to ‘Blue Producciones’ and Alejandra Jiménez
*The F-Rating is a classification for any film which is directed by a woman &/or is written by a woman &/or features significant women on screen in their own right. The rating is designed to support and promote women and redress the imbalance in the film industry.