18 min, 2019
“I asked a man what the Law was. He answered that it was the guarantee of the exercise of possibility. That man was named Galli Mathias. I ate him“
Oswaldo de Andrade, Cannibalistic Manifesto
SHORTCUTS is a serie of videos with imaginary interviews with people who take shortcuts in daily life.
One of the characters from these imaginary interviews says that he has the need to make a puppet human scale of our president, dance with it, and later burn it on the ground (not before putting some good old explosives in its belly).
This character is what I would call a good walker. Being a good walker is all about taking good shortcuts. It is not easy to become a good walker these days. It takes a lot of intelligence and dopamine.
Taking shortcuts is a good strategy to prevent hegemony from eating you alive. Shortcuts are all about alternative forms of rebellion and resilience taken in everyday life such as going to political rallies for free sandwiches and live music, taking money from tourists that come to see your exotic homes and not being willing to die for your country, among other things.
To edit this film I used footage I filmed in Ecuador and Perú since 2011.
I was able to finish this film during an art residency at Unidee in Cittadelarte, Italy. This was made with the support of IILA and CAC.
I thank Leyli Gafarova, Shayma Nader, Major Kaur, Valerio Del Baglivo, Annalisa Zegna, Ricardo Vargas, Jorge Rodriguez, Jorge Jacome and Clara Tosseti for their support.
IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Holland.
Olhar de Cinema Curitiba Int’l Film Festival, Brazil.
FICValdivia International Film Festival, Chile.
FestCurtas Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Neighboring Scenes at Lincoln Center, New York, USA.
True False Film Festival, USA.