Pictures from a Revolution

Pictures from a Revolution

Director: Alfred Guzzetti, Richard P. Rogers

Cast: Alfred Guzzetti, Susan Meiselas, Richard P. Rogers

     
 
In 1978, new photographer Susan Meiselas just happened to be in the country of Nicaragua as the government of Anastasio Somoza was being overthrown and the nationalist and (mildly) socialist Sandanistas were assuming power. Some of the photos she took then were used for propaganda by both sides in the civil war that followed shortly

Overview

In 1978, new photographer Susan Meiselas just happened to be in the country of Nicaragua as the government of Anastasio Somoza was being overthrown and the nationalist and (mildly) socialist Sandanistas were assuming power. Some of the photos she took then were used for propaganda by both sides in the civil war that followed shortly thereafter. Ten years later, after years of counter-revolutionary civil war by U.S.-backed insurgents, the country reached something like an accommodation with all the factions involved, and here the photographer returns to interview those involved. It becomes clear that, no matter what the actual situation in the country was, the U.S. crudely acted in support of its perceived interests -- usually closely allied to commercial concerns. In addition, the unfortunate factions in Nicaragua's civil war became pawns in the Cold War between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. In this documentary, filmmakers have sought out exiles in the U.S. and Canada to get a fuller picture of the story.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
UPC:
0767685992333
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Video Group
Sales rank:
72,158

Special Features

Susan Meiselas installs her photographs in teh places where they were originally taken 2004; Susan Meiselas interviewed for Nicaraguan television 2002; New York Film Festival press conference 1991

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pictures From a Revolution
1. Before the Insurrection [3:46]
2. The Body On the Hillside [1:24]
3. Chilo: "We Were Afraid" [3:08]
4. Santiago: "To Carry the Sandinista Flag" [1:26]
5. The Bullet Made In the USA [:35]
6. Lliana: "Some People Wore Masks" [4:00]
7. Justo: "That Blood Is Precious" [7:45]
8. Bombing the Neighborhoods [2:46]
9. Augusto: "Only Six Bullets" [8:24]
10. Nubia: "All By Myself I Buried Him" [6:53]
11. Maria: "I Thougth Better Things Would Come" [3:42]
12. Dionisio: "In My Own Life Nothing Has Changed" [4:35]
13. Juan: "We Were Prisoners For Ten Years" [2:16]
14. Mike Lima: "We Lost the War" [4:27]
15. Fear of Invasion [2:22]
16. Esperanza: "We Wanted Peace In Nicaragua" [1:57]
17. Photographs Stop Time [3:23]
18. Hortencia: "Is This My Son?" [3:14]
19. Marta: "I Wanted to Be A Tank Driver" [2:07]
20. Napoleón: "Just One More Worker Trying to Survive" [2:00]
21. Bayardo: "It Wasn't a War In the Style of American Movies" [5:33]
22. The History of An Image [3:28]
23. Rodrigo: "The New Nicaraguan" [1:43]
24. Credits [6:00]

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