Congressman Cavero minimizes achievements of national cinema and is reminded of the international awards obtained

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The congressman from Avanza País defended the legislative proposal of his fellow member, Adriana Tudela. Video: National Radio

In the midst of criticism against Congresswoman Adriana Tudela's bill - which questions whether the State provides financial support to regional film productions and in native languages—, parliamentarian Alejandro Cavero defended the initiative and even dismissed the international recognition that productions such as Wiñaypacha, Magallanes, Retablo and more films obtained in recent years.

According to the congressman from Avanza País, the culture Ministry was wrong to deliver around 26 million soles in economic stimuli for these national productions, although it does not provide a technical explanation for this.

“I have signed the project. (...) I don't see a single film that has won absolutely nothing. These movies are very bad, no one goes to see them in the cinema. And finally the same ring as always distributes it to him,” he said when consulted by the press.

Alejandro Cavero defended the bill presented by Adriana Tudela, which seeks to repeal the current film regulations. (Infobae composition)
Alejandro Cavero defended the bill presented by Adriana Tudela, which seeks to repeal the current film regulations. (Infobae composition)

When they reminded him that there are films with international awards, he said that the Culture sector should address other problems such as land trafficking in archaeological centers such as Chan Chan and other huacas that are used as dumping grounds or smokehouses.

“Even in the Ministry of Culture, which has very few resources, it is one of the ministries that has the least money, I don't know if we have 26 or 28 million soles to give to artists who can easily win those awards without money from the State,” he said without acknowledging his lack of knowledge on the subject.

The writer, television producer and former director of the Institute of Radio and Television of Peru (IRTP), Hugo Coya, reminded Cavero that there are multiple national author productions that have obtained dozens of prestigious international awards, including an Oscar nomination, such as This was the case of La teta scareda, directed by Claudia Llosa.

“Altarpiece (2017) 20 international awards. Nomination for Bafta awards, the British Oscar; winner of the Teddy Award in Berlin and nomination for the Spirit Awards. Wiñaypacha (2016) winner of the Guadalajara Festival. “Song without a Name (2019) Cannes Directors’ Fortnight,” wrote Coya, through her Twitter account.}

He also detailed that Magallanes (2015) won awards at the San Sebastián and Huelva festivals, in addition to a Goya nomination. In the case of October (2010) he managed to win the Special Jury Prize at Cannes. And La teta scareda (2009) won the Golden Bear at the Berlin festival, in addition to winning at the Guadalajara and Montreal festivals.

Wiñaypacha. Phaxsi and Willka spinning. (Photo:Andina)
Wiñaypacha. Phaxsi and Willka spinning. (Photo:Andina)

Filmmaker Tito Catacora told Infobae Peru that the statements of Alejandro Cavero They reveal contempt and ignorance on the part of the parliamentarian.

“This bill is an attack against the diverse cultures that exist in Peru. This expressly points out that the current law supports indigenous languages ​​more and they want to suppress the right that assists indigenous peoples. They practically don't want us to express ourselves,” he told our media.

“The congressman is totally wrong, I can show him that many Peruvian works have brought many awards to Peru, we ourselves have won many awards with our work Wiñaypacha. And what is that? Isn't that an achievement? And not only our works but that of other colleagues, who have also won in the same way, have transcended and so we are in different parts of the world. So he cannot say that there are no results because there are,” he added.

Furthermore, he explained that Cavero's initiative and statements show the reductionism of the artistic value of cinema to only monetary value.

“I think you are confusing that perhaps we are not generating or there is no economic income, but to ensure that economic income is generated, other types of films are made, generally entertainment films are made. And what we generally make are art films, it is authorial, it is more cognitive. We express our vision, our way of thinking and what we consider relevant, then it has another value. That is why they are precisely valued at international film festivals,” explained Tito Catacora, who was producer of the film Wiñaypacha, by his late nephew Óscar Catacora. He knows what he's talking about.

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