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Run Time: 96 minutes
“What you don’t share will be lost.” This call to solidarity is the heartbeat of PRIMERA. When a student revolt against inflated metro prices sparks a national revolution in Chile, the Primera (“First Line”) is established by the people. Armed with bits of bricks, rocks, and shields made out of satellite disks, their role is to take the brunt of the police force in order to protect those who have been awakened to the injustices rampant in their government and want to peacefully protest. But the Covid-19 pandemic causes protests to halt, bringing with it a new way for the government to abuse its power. Still, the Primera carries on protecting their communities by sanitizing public spaces, providing meals, and cleaning the homes of the elderly, all through autonomous community effort. This documentary is shown through intertwining personal narratives, including that of Angy and Felipe—two parents-turned-activists who are leading Chile's revolutionary path to a new constitution. PRIMERA presents a resilient community that refused to back down in the face of manipulation and violence; what was shared was not lost. —J.H.
Mimi Ohio Theatre
Friday, April 01, 2022 at 7:15 PM
Saturday, April 02, 2022 at 2:15 PM
CIFF46 Streams On Demand
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes
Latinx & Hispanic Cinema
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition