Dec 24, 2011
Looking at reality – living the change. Together with my sister Laura and my friend Gustavo from Brasil we made this short documentary. Students from Buenos Aires are talking about their perception of social reality today, about the current problems and the steps necessary to overcome them. About what Europe can learn from Latin America. They are talking about their dreams of a society that is more equal and just and about their fears on the way to get there.
Some of the students in the documentary studied with me at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, some others we got to know during our stay. We decided to do this documentary, because we feel such an active energy among our generation in Buenos Aires. In many conversations we realized how critical people think about the current reality, how alternatives are discussed, and how steps are actively taken to go a different path. Argentina is a country with (mostly) free university education, where students from all over Latin America are going to study as in their homecountries it become close to impossible for many of them due to shockingly high tuition fees. Looking back home to Europe and the crisis it is living at the moment with such high unemployment rates among the youth, with ongoing social readjustments and cuts in social benefits which in many cases affects our generation the hardest we were curious on how people think here and what we can learn from them.
We are aware that we only interviewed a fraction of society and we do wan’t to continue with this project in different aspects, talk to more people, hear more oppinions. As a next step Gustavo and me are going on a bicycle trip through northern Argentina from Cordoba over Salta and Jujuy to hopefully reach Antofagasta in Chile after crossing the Atacama dessert. We are about to finish a short info-paper about this trip and I will upload it as soon as possible.