By Richard Shpuntoff, Buenos Aires
Good Pitch² Argentina hold its second edition in Buenos Aires last week. Bringing together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policy makers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues and sponsored by Britdoc and Sundance Institute, the Good Pitch programs aim to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society.
Four projects were selected for this year’s edition:
Quipu, an interactive “living” documentary piece, focuses on the impact and damage done by a federal sterilization program in Peru. Co-directors María Ignacia Court and Rosemarie Lerner are developing this project in collaboration with some of the 272,000 women and 20,000 men who were often coerced, manipulated or in some cases lied to in order to get them sterilized.
Emiliano Mazza’s Nueva Venezia is a portrait of life in a floating town in the middle of one of the largest lakes in Colombia where residents (many of whom were victims of a paramilitary massacre) where everyday existence is a matter of struggle and survival.
Grown Ups is a vérité-style documentary by Maite Alberdi about a group of friends who have Down syndrome and are looking to lead independent lives away from their school of over 40 years. Alberdi’s goal is to “is to make you forget that the characters have Down, and explore with them the frustration of aging without having lived.”
Sumercé by Victoria Solano follows a group of farmers in their fight against the Colombian government and the mining companies that have tossed them off their lands and are destroying their culture and livelihood.
Picture above left source: Good Pitch Facebook page; Picture above right by Richard Shpuntoff.