DER Documentary

Sol de Noche, La Historia De Olga Y Luis (A Gleam In The Dark)

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by Pablo Milstein and Noberto Ludin
color, 78 min, 2002

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In 1976, during the Argentine military dictatorship, an event called the Night of the Blackout occured in Ledesma. This blackout was a well coordinated connivance between the military government and powerful economic interests. During the blackout, 400 people who were deemed troublesome because of their activism either against the government or to improve working conditions at the Ledesma mill, were taken to clandestine detention centers. Many of them were never seen again. Ledesma, a producer of sugar, paper, and citrus fruit, one of the most important corporate empires in Argentina, led a cover-up of their involvement, but everyone in the town knew they were behind the blackout.

Much of the story is told through the reflection of Olga Aredez who lost her husband, a beloved doctor, during these events. This is a human rights story as well as political history. It is extremely important in helping to understand the economic, political and social situation in Argentina today.

Because of the dramatic storytelling it has the feel of a feature film.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
1st Prize Festival Internacional Tres Continentes, 2003
National Production Award, Festival de Video Documental, Argentina 2002
Semana de Valladolid, Spain, 2002
International Documentary Film Festival, Taiwan, 2002
Latino Film Festival, LA, USA, 2002
International Film Festival, Ajijic, Mexico, 2002
Festival of Spanish & Latin American Film, Belgium, 2002
Latin Film Festival, Trieste, Italy, 2002
Latin American Film Festival, London, England, 2002
Global Visions Film Festival, Edmonton, Canada, 2002
Festival Internacional de Cine, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2002
Best Argentina Documentary, Festival Internacional Tres Continentes del documental Tres Continentes, Argentina, 2002
Best National Production, Festival Internacional de Video documental 2002
Derechos Humanos - Documedh, Argentina, 2002
Zinebi, Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films, Spain, 2002
Festival Dei Diritti, Ferrara, Italy, 2003
Cinéma du Réel, Paris, France, 2003
ViewPoint Documentary Film Festival, Ghent, Belgium, 2003
Festival Interncionale de Cine, Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2003
Festival Internacional de Cine Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Islas Canarias, Spain, 2003
Jornada Internacional de Cine y Video, Bahía, Brazil, 2003
FIDOCS - Festival Internacional de Documentales de Santiago, Chile, 2003
6th Festival de Málaga - Cine Español, Spain, 2003
One World International Film Festival, Prague, 2003
6th International Film Festival of the Americas, Texas, 2003
ONE WORLD, CDHRF Fourth International Festival of the Documentary Film, Kosovo, 2003
South Festival, Norway, 2003
Festival de Cine de Ourense, Spain, 2003
First Annual Film Festival of Political & Social Documentary from Argentina, New York, 2003
Documentary & Ethnographic Film Festival of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2003
Festival de Cine de La Habana, 2003
Tiburon International Film Festival, California, 2004
Award of Excellence, Society for Visual Anthropology/American Anthropological Association Conference, Chicago, 2004
Vermont International Film Festival, Burlington, 2004

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