On November 3, 1995, the emblematic industry of my hometown, Río Tercero Military Munitions Factory exploded. Thousands of shells were fired against the city that had produced them. I was 12 years old, and while I was trying to escape from the blast, I recorded the devastation of my hometown with a video camera. Twenty years later I found those tapes. The threat of the industrial and military sector is still persistent at the present time.
What can we do when the state attempts to testify about a historical incident in a different way from how it is perceived by the people? With this film, Natalia Garayalde demonstrates that personal records could be the answer. In 1983, the military regime withdrew and a democratic government was established in Argentina. And in the ensuing years, videos became popular, and people enjoyed the freedom of recording their private moments. Garayalde’s family also bought a video camera to record the funny and lovely moments of their daily lives. Then one day, a huge explosion occurs in the director’s small town. Numerous shells and splinters of debris from the exploded military factory leave the entire town in ruins with seven deaths and over 300 injuries. Although no one was convicted for what happened at the factory, it became one of the biggest political scandals in Argentina, even involving the president of the country at the time. The film shows the transformation of a 12-year-old girl’s images of pure happiness into records of a national tragedy. (Sung MOON)
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