CURSED FLOWERS AND SACRED LEAVES: The Militant Cinema of Marta Rodríguez

Marta Rodriguez, a true trailblazer in the world of Latin American documentary filmmaking, has cemented herself as a formidable force over her remarkable five-decade career. Committed to shedding light on pressing social issues, Marta Rodríguez uses her lens to amplify the voices of marginalised communities. Her documentaries tackle themes of gender, identity, social justice, and environmental concerns. By immersing herself in the lives of her subjects and adopting a compassionate approach, Marta weaves narratives that challenge conventional norms.

This ambitious programme seeks to celebrate Marta Rodríguez’s extraordinary contributions to the documentary genre by bringing her groundbreaking works to the screens of Glasgow and Edinburgh and offer Scottish audiences a rare and profound opportunity to experience the depth and breadth of Marta’s filmography.

This screening programme will be delivered in partnership with the feminist film collective, Invisible Women, who have a proven track record of bringing films by women filmmakers from Latin America to the UK.

 

SCREENINGS

-WEDNESDAY 10 JANUARY (17:45) 

Craigmillar Library (101 Niddrie Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4BG) –

This event will be introduced by  Crew 2000

-FREE ENTRY-

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-SATURDAY 20 JANUARY (18:30)

ECVS – Edinburgh Cine and Video Society (23a Fettes Row, Edinburgh, EH36RH)

OUR VOICE OF EARTH, MEMORY AND FUTURE (NUESTRA VOZ DE TIERRA, MEMORIA Y FUTURO) – restored 2019 version.

Marta Rodríguez and Jorge Silva · 1974-80 · Colombia · 90 mins.

This screening will be introduced by Charlotte Gleghorn (Senior Lecturer in Latin American Film Studies – University of Edinburgh)

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-WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY (19:00)

CCA – Centre for Contemporary Arts (350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD)

CURSED FLOWERS & SACRED LEAVES
Screening + Conversation 

THE SACRED LEAF (LA HOJA SAGRADA) ‧ Marta Rodríguez ‧ 2001 ‧ Colombia ‧ 52 mins.

POPPY, THE CURSED FLOWER  (AMAPOLA, LA FLOR MALDITA) ‧ Marta Rodríguez and Lucas Silva ‧ 1998 ‧ Colombia ‧ 32 mins.

This screening will be introduced by Cinemaattic and Invisible Women.

Panel: Dr María Antonia Vélez Serna (Lecture in Communications, Media and Culture – University of Stirling) and Andrei Gomez-Suarez (Senior Research Fellow in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding at the Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace and Co-founder of Embrace Dialogue (Rodeemos el Diálogo, ReD) – University of Winchester)

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-THURSDAY 25 JANUARY (18:15)

GFT – Glasgow Film Theatre (12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB)

LOVE, WOMEN & FLOWERS (AMOR, MUJERES Y FLORES) –  restored version.

Marta Rodríguez and Jorge Silva ‧ 1988 ‧ Colombia ‧ 52 mins.  

This screening will be introduced by Camilla Baier from Invisible Women.

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-SATURDAY 27 JANUARY(Doors Open at 19:30, Screen starts at 20:00)

St Peter’s Church Hall (16 Lutton Place, Newington, Edinburgh, EH8 9PE)

LOVE, WOMEN & FLOWERS (AMOR, MUJERES Y FLORES) –  restored version.

Marta Rodríguez and Jorge Silva ‧ 1988 ‧ Colombia ‧ 52 mins.

This screening will be introduced by Camilla Baier from Invisible Women.

 

Films:

-Our Voice of Earth, Memory and Future (Nuestra voz de tierra, memoria y futuro) · Marta Rodríguez and Jorge Silva · 1974-80 · Colombia · 90 mins.– restored 2019 version.

Showing at ECVS Saturday 20 January. 

The Devil, as the saying goes, comes in many forms. Masked men – some with top hat, all with spurs – survey the mountains of southwest Colombia.

Our Voice of Memory, Land and Future documents the birth of the Indigenous movement in the Cauca region in the early 1970s, with the founding of the CRIC, the Indigenous Regional Council of Cauca.

 

Love, Women & Flowers (Amor, mujeres y flores) Marta Rodríguez and Jorge Silva ‧ 1988 ‧ Colombia ‧ 52 mins. – restored version.

Showing at GFT Thursday 25 January.

‘Every Flower is pretty, but behind every flower there is death.

 What is the cost of producing beauty? In Amor, mujeres y flores Marta Rodríguez explores this question by taking an unflinching look at the toxicity within the flower industry in Colombia, largely occupied by women workers, fuelled by western demand.

 

The Sacred Leaf (La hoja sagrada) ‧ Marta Rodríguez ‧ 2001 ‧ Colombia ‧ 52 mins.

 

 

Poppy, The Cursed Flower (Amapola, la flor maldita) ‧ Marta Rodríguez and Lucas Silva ‧ 1998 ‧ Colombia ‧ 32 mins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADRIFT: Periferias // Spring 23
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CURSED FLOWERS AND SACRED LEAVES: The Militant Cinema of Marta Rodríguez
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This programme seeks to celebrate Marta Rodríguez's extraordinary contributions to the documentary genre by bringing her groundbreaking works to the screens of Glasgow and Edinburgh and offer Scottish audiences a rare and profound opportunity to experience the depth and breadth of Marta's filmography. This screening programme will be delivered in partnership with the feminist film collective, Invisible Women, who have a proven track record of bringing films by women filmmakers from Latin America to the UK. 

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