International Diaspora Film Festival

Film Screenings - 2009

Saturday 7 November, 3:00 PM


el olvido (Oblivion)
el olvido (Oblivion)
Heddy Honigmann
The Netherlands, 2008, 93 min.
In Spanish with English subtitles
Winner, Fipresci Prize, DOK Leipzig Film Festival 2008
Winner, Silver Dove, DOK Leipzig Film Festival 2008
Winner, Ecumenical Jury Award, DOK Leipzig Film Festival 2008
Winner, 'Stimulans' Prize for Artistic Success, Dutch Film Fund 2008
Winner, Special Jury Award, Lima Film Festival 2009
Winner, Buyens-Chagoll Prize, Visions du RĂ©el 2009
Winner, Youth's Award, Encuentros de Cine Sudamericano 2009
Winner, Premio Radio Exterior de Espana, Muestra de Cine Latinoamericano de Catalunia 2009
Winner, Distribution Prize, Eurodok Festival 2009
Winner, Best Director: Heddy Honigmann, DOCNZ International Film Festival 2009
Winner, Crystal Film Award, The Netherlands 2009

Heddy Honigmann's long awaited return to Peru in a film about poverty and poetry in a country plundered by the powerful.

Oblivion is an intimate portrait of the forgotten city of Lima, and of its forgotten people. Its stunning imagery juxtaposes shots of rich and poor life in the city, focusing on the way those with limited resources deal with the social injustices that surround them. Through irony, creativity, determination and the power of memory, the film gives voice to a panoply of Lima's invisible citizens, from street urchins performing acrobatics for spare change to a toy merchant, illiterate shoeshine boy and juggler. These moving characters share their dreams and hardships and, through these, defy oblivion. Woven together in Honigmann's delicate fashion, these telling accounts offer a very different sense of Limean society and history.

Director's Biography:
Heddy Honigmann

Heddy Honigmann was born in 1951 in Lima, where she lived until 1973. After studying biology and literature at the University of Lima, she trained as a filmmaker in Rome and has lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1978. Her narrative and documentary films explore the power of art, literature, music, poetry and memory as resources to those without.

Venue: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.,
Toronto M5S 1J5 (off St. George St., one block south of Bloor, Subway St. George)
$10 / $8 students and seniors