Historical narrative of a Peace Corps medial clinic that was sterilizing, without their knowledge or consent, Quechua Indian women who had come in for treatment. While the film is a dramatization, it is based on actual events which occurred in Bolivia in 1968 when the government imposed, with the help of the United States, a population control program. Jorge_Sanjines, through interviews and fictional footage, straightforwardly tells the Indians’ story while creating a sophisticated commentary on the place of Indian culture in Bolivia. In 1970, Peace Corps were forced out of Bolivia due to rising anti-U.S. sentiment fueled by the film’s release. Blood of the Condor was a vanguard of the Latin American cinema revolution and remains a central text in the history of anti-imperialist thought. —Brian Whitener
The Bolivian Jorge Sanjinés (born in La Paz, Bolivia, 31 July 1936) has become internationally recognized as a leading filmmaker in spite of the fact that his country has few significant filmmaking traditions or production facilities. Working outside of a film-industry context, Sanjinés has doggedly overcome formidable obstacles, including economic ones. For instance, to finance the fiction feature Yawar mallku Sanjinés and other members of his Ukamau production group sold personal belongings and accepted contributions. After finishing Yawar mallku , members of the Ukamau collective toured the Bolivian highlands with a 16mm print and portable projection equipment in an effort to reach the film’s intended audience—the Indian peasantry.
Sanjinés is a militant filmmaker whose primary goal is to bring a revolutionary Marxist political agenda to peasant and working-class audiences. His principal films respond to a militant Marxist aesthetic by examining oppressed collective protagonists… read more