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Ism, Ism, Ism: Umbrales: Experimental Women Filmmakers from Latin America

Ism, Ism, Ism: Umbrales: Experimental Women Filmmakers from Latin America

Copacabana Beach, by Vivian Ostrovsky

Thursday October 8, 2020, 7:00 pm CDT / 5:00 pm PDT

WNDX and Los Angeles Filmforum present

Ism, Ism, Ism: Umbrales: Experimental Women Filmmakers from Latin America

Online via WNDX Festival of Experimental Films,

Live conversation after the screening moderated by three artists from Mujer Artista, Winnipeg with Co-Curator Jesse Lerner and filmmakers Ximena Cuevas, Silvia Gruner, Poli Marichal, and Cecilia Vicuña.

Tickets: Free!

Livestream event, happening one time only.

More information, and to view the streaming show:

Dedicated to the late Lydia García Millán.

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This program showcases female filmmakers who sought to carve out a place within the male-dominated world of Latin American independent audiovisual production. Key works, such as Argentine filmmaker Narcisa Hirsch’s Taller (Workshop)(1975), exemplify the defiant position toward gendered and essentializing aesthetics expected of Latin American women filmmakers. This program includes pioneering Uruguayan filmmaker Lydia García Millán’s Color (1955), one of the first abstract experimental films from Latin America; the politically charged Super 8 experiments by Puerto Rican underground artist Poli Marichal; and recent video essays by Mexican artist Ximena Cuevas. Curated by Ángela López Ruiz.

Promotional Support for these online screenings from Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque; Lightbox Film Center, University of the Arts, Philadelphia; Berkeley Art Museum * Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley.

This screening is part of Los Angeles Filmforum’s screening series Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine Experimental en América Latina). Ism, Ism, Ism is an unprecedented film series —the first in the U.S.—that surveys Latin America’s vibrant experimental production from the 1930s through today. Revisiting classic titles and introducing recent works by key figures and emerging artists, Ism, Ism, Ism takes viewers on a journey through a wealth of materials culled from unexpected corners of Latin American film archives. Key historical and contemporary works from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the United States are featured. The online screenings in Fall 2020 will conclude the touring portion of Ism, Ism, Ism.

Ism, Ism, Ism is accompanied by a bilingual publication (from University of California Press) placing Latino and Latin American experimental cinema within a broader dialogue that explores different periods, cultural contexts, image-making models, and considerations of these filmmakers within international cinema. 

Ism, Ism, Ism was originally part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles that occurred in 2017-18. Explore more at

Lead support for Ism, Ism, Ism is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Significant additional support comes from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.