Presented by

Lorry Salcedo Mitrani


With the collaboration of

 Ms. Martha Meier Miro Quesada

Mrs. Ana Maria Estrada de Rosen

The Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations


 Honoring the city of Lima and the 500th anniversary

of the sighting of the Pacific Ocean

by Vasco Nunez de Balboa


17, 18, 24 and 25 of September


Cervantes Institute of New York

211 East 49th St.

New York, NY 10017

(212) 308-7720





Welcome to the Fourth Contemporary Peruvian Film Showcase in New York City, celebrating the exhilarating fifty-year journey of modern Peruvian cinema. This year, the program will be dedicated to the Pacific Ocean and the city of Lima from an art perspective: cinematography and photography.

In Peru, the sea has played a fundamental role in the formation of our identity, in the development of our economy and in our historical evolution. Lima, therefore, because it is the only Latin-american capital with its limits on the ocean is bound to that fate. This year 2013 marks the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Pacific Ocean by the Europeans. The world has never been the same since. The cinema will help us celebrate this discovery, which forever changed our history, with 12 successful films dating from the last 50 years (documentaries, shorts and feature-length fiction). This will also be the first time that 14 contemporary Peruvian photographers will, through their art, help us celebrate such an eventful date.

This fourth show is curated and produced by the photographer and filmmaker Lorry Salcedo Mitrani, with the collaboration of the Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations in New York, The Municipality of Lima and the generous support of Ms. Martha Meier Miro Quesada and Mrs. Ana Maria Estrada de Rosen.

Additional support has been received from the Center for American Studies in Lima (CEA), Marco Palomino Pezo, Jose Balado from DocuPeru, Laslo Rojas and Luis Ramos  from Cinencuentro, Marta Benetti M.A. from University of Rosario in  Argentina and New York University – CLACS / Quechua Outreach Committee.

Film Program

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

6 – 6:45 pm

Inauguration of the Fourth Contemporary Peruvian Film Showcase

“Ancient Lima” (Lima Milenaria) 

Documentary short / 2013 / 5 min

(Film presented by Kali Salcedo Villarosa)

“Mother Ocean” (Madre Mar)

Documentary short by Delia Ackerman and Mariana Tschudi / 2011 / 11 min

Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

Guest: director Delia Ackerman

The sea today instead of being revered as the ancient Peruvians did, is used as a marine landfill. Furthermore, due to lack of ecological awareness, untreated sewage and garbage from cities all over Peru end up being dumped into the sea.


6:45- 7:40 pm


Documentary by Thor Heyerdahl / 1947 / 55 min

Academy Award-winning film for Best Documentary, 1951.

Norwegian with English subtitles

(Film presented by Lorry Salcedo Mitrani)

On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and his five-crew members embarked from Peru on their daring voyage to the Marquesas Islands, on a balsa-wood raft was built according to the traditions of South American pre-Columbian Indians. After 101 suspenseful days on the open sea, alone amid raging storms, whales, and countless sharks, they landed on the Polynesian island of Raroia, establishing a new migratory theory between South America and Polynesia.



Wednesday, September 18, 2013

(Films presented by Silvia Vega Llona)

6 – 6:15 pm  

“Mary of the desert” (Maria del desierto)

Documentary by Gianfranco Annichini / 1981 / 13 min

Spanish dialogue with English subtitles


Maria Reiche (b.1903 – d.1998) was a German mathematician, archaeologist, and technical translator who carried out research into the Nazca Lines in Peru, beginning in 1940, and had success in gaining world recognition and preservation of the property.

6:20– 6:25 pm

“The Mirror” (El Espejo)

Fiction short by Franco Garcia Becerra / 2010 / 5 min

Spanish dialogue with English subtitles


Rebeca is an athletic and apparently confident woman. However, she keeps painful secrets that she’s only able to solve in her imagination.

6:30- 7:45 pm

“Dark Heaven” (Cielo Oscuro)

Feature-length fiction film by Joel Calero / 2012 / 75 min

Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

The intense and unpredictable romance between a tailor and a young drama student, who commissions him to make the costumes for her graduation play, takes a dark turn when he meets her former lovers and opens up a relentless spiral of jealousy and distrust.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

(Films presented by Linda Villarosa)

6 – 6:55 pm

“Lucha Reyes, Lettter to Heaven” (Lucha Reyes, Carta al Cielo)

Documentary by Javier Ponce Gambirazio / 2009 / 52 min

Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

Lucha Reyes (b.1936 – d.1973), was a Peruvian performer and one of the most respected singers of her country. She is one of Peru’s most famous Afro-Peruvian personalities as well as a symbol of Peruvian nationalism both in Peru and to expatriates despite being poor, sick, a woman and black. Her life represents a shift in social and political era.


7:00 – 7:15 pm  

“The Tree” (El Arbol)

Fiction short by Rodrigo Moreno Valle / 2011 / 13 min

Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

Mary visits her mother’s apartment for the first time since her mother’s death and finds some icons as well as memories connected with her childhood.


7:20 – 9:00 pm  

The Trial” (La Prueba)

Feature-length fiction film by Judith Velez / 2006 / 100 min

Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

After thirteen years, beautiful young Miranda is desperately seeking her missing father to save the life of her brother Tomas, who badly needs a bone marrow transplant. It is a long journey that causes the girl to reconsider her ideas about justice before her long-awaited meeting with her father, for whom she has prepared a difficult test.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

(Films presented by Fortuna Calvo-Roth)

6 – 6:20 pm

“Lima 2011”  

Fiction short by Franco Garcia Becerra / 2011 / 20 min

Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

Jaime, an old 60’s rock lover, owns a hardware store which is a meeting place for his clients, and where all of them – himself included – are trying to hide their loneliness in a changing city, named Lima.


6:25 – 6:40 pm  

“Sunset” (Ocaso)

Fiction short by Cristian Cancho Llamocca / 2011 / 13 min

Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

A grandmother and her grandson seem to be enjoying the simple things of life. The young man, however, is contemplating a fateful decision.


6:45 – 8:15 pm  

“The Cleaner” (El Limpiador)

Feature-length fiction film by Adrian Saba / 2012 / 90 min

Spanish dialogue with English subtitles

A forensic cleaner, responsible for the removal of human corpses, has never been able to relate with people or life. Suddenly he will become accountable for an 8-year-old orphan who has been left behind in the middle of a mysterious epidemic crisis in Lima. Where you would least expect it, a story surfaces about love and care.



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September 17th – October 4th



Lima 130K proposes a guided tour which could almost be termed a marathon, if one considers the long-term project involved and its wide-ranging scope. Its overall intention is to go over the antagonistic relationship existing between Lima the town and its fertile seas. A group of artists, all in possession of sound photographic back ground and belonging to different age groups, set off on a 130 kilometers journey along the coastal strip from the central circuit of beaches in Lima known as the “Costa Verde” (the Green Coast) towards both its northern and southern boundaries. Their target: to picture the many ways is which the town relates to the Pacific Ocean.

Carlos Caamaño. Curator.




Series Paralelo 12º.
 Two photographs of 80 x 120 cm. each




Series Rezagos de la fiebre del guano. Set of nine photographs of 100 x 200 cm total




Series Nostalgia del acontecimiento. Set of nine photographs of 40 x 60 cm. each




Series Costa Verde. 5 mints video




Series Hipertélico urbano. One photograph of 70 x 230 cm.




Series Colección Natural.  One photograph of 30 x 200 cm.




Series Acantilados. Two photographs of 65 x 65 cm. each




Series Medio.
 Video and one photograph of 80 x 120 cm.




Series Crímenes en el Pacífico, Poussin en Perú. Two photographs of 80 x 120 cm. each




Series Desde el desierto.
 Three photographs of 80 x 110 cm. each




Series Agua Dulce.
 Three photographs of 43 x 65 cm. each




Series Bancantela.
 Two photographs of 50 x 75 cm. each




Series Icarus, 2011- 2012 . Triptych of 100 x 200 cm. (100 x 66 cm. each)




Series Chorrillos, 1978 – 1980. Set of six photographs of 
60 x 50 cm. each




Series Paisajes subjetivos. Two photographs of 75 x 180 cm. each





made by: Sebastian Gonzalez. 2013

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