*ATA @ SFPL: Experience Reel Cinema

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Artists' Television Access (ATA) teams up with SFPL to mine the treasures in the Library's 16mm film archive. That's real film, not video! This very special ATA@SFPL presentation is expected to include in-person appearances from the makers of both films!

La Guajira (Calogero Salvo, 1984) 58 minutes
You have the chance to immerse yourself in the Wayúu culture and the striking landscape where they've resided since long before Europeans visited this Hemisphere. Made by a Venezuelan-born filmmaker who graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute,  La Guajira is a beautiful work of collective portraiture made without voiceover narration or other obvious filmmaker intervention, in the spirit of non-fiction pioneers like Richard Leacock and D.A. Pennebaker. Traditional music and crafts of all kinds infuse this depiction of a people whose lives interweave with the natural world in ways many of us may be unfamiliar with.
Los Desarraigados a.k.a. The Uprooted (Francisco X. Camplis, 1974) 13 minutes
A typical San Francisco day interrupted. Filmed in the Mission District and Potrero Hill by one of the founders of the non-profit arts space Galería de la Raza, Los Desarraigados imagines a raid on an Anglo-run, Mexican-American-staffed factory by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the predecessor to modern-day ICE. Because the images shown may be triggering for some viewers, we will screen this film second in the program.


This is a Films & Videos program from SFPL. From feature films to youth-made videos, we’ve got something great to watch.

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