The Argentine artist Martín Weber travelled throughout Latin America from 1992 to 2008, asking people he met to write their dreams with chalk on a small blackboard: the result is a beautiful series of black and white photos, poetic but firmly rooted in reality. Years later, in making this documentary, he follows in the footsteps of those who had posed for him and confronts himself with what life has made of their dreams.
Documentary Award Cinelatino Festival, Rencontres de Toulouse 2020
It isn’t as much the dramatic composition inherent in the past that’s at work in “Mapa de sueños...” as the effects of time on people as the film encounters their broken dreams and betrayed or stolen hopes. For Martín Weber, it’s about finding the humanity in the human, beyond any determinism. His film weaves together photography and documentary cinema: the photos are snapshots of history, time standing still; the filmed documentary is its movement, its encounter with the present day. The photos are the white pebbles along this journey, tracing the states of mind of these Latin Americans from one portrait to another. The result is a fresco that, despite its apparent modesty, is in fact a hugely ambitious project, an extravagant dream to capture, over 30 years, the determinism of class and the tragic winds of a continent’s history. It’s undoubtedly his obsession and the weight of time that make this first film so unforgettable.
Producer, Editorial Coordinator of Tënk and Co-founder of the États Généraux du Film Documentaire de Lussas
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