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It is a documentary that tells the story of the Argentine dogue and is entitled “Raza Blanca”. The film was part of the productions of the Postgraduate in Contemporary Documentary, a course carried out jointly by the Faculty of Communication Sciences of UNC, Blas Pascal University and the Municipal Cineclub. These three entities are recognized for their work in audiovisual media, and that is why it is a piece worthy of being seen, although of little diffusion.
The course was born in 2013 on the impulse of Professor Liz Vidal (FCC-UNC) and was coordinated in its first editions by filmmakers Pablo Baur (died in 2019) and Federico Robles, who is the current Director of the Graduate. Roger Koza, journalist, critic and programmer, joined the program since 2020 as Honorary Director of Space . The idea is to generate various artistic proposals that vary in their themes and narratives, and that play between the limits of the real always through sensitive and committed stories . From historical figures, social conflicts, urban landscapes to personal and thematic essays of all kinds. Always enabling a wide range of views and views on reality.
In this framework, this documentary short film called “Raza Blanca” was made. It was created in 2014, under the direction of Eliana Piemonte. The production tells the story of the creation of the Argentine dogue . It tells the origin of the breed, since its beginnings in the 1920s, when a Cordovan doctor created the first specimen from the cross of nine different breeds.
The creator of this animal is Antonio Nores Martínez, who belonged to a traditional family of Cordoba , whose surname until today has national recognition. The documentary “Raza Blanca” explores this story looking for the material conditions and mentality that gave rise to this breed. The impetus that led Eliana Piemonte to research on this subject was her love for science and history.
“ I work in communication of science and the history of the dogo race first interested me from that perspective: after all the dogue is a Cordovan “'invention.” The first thing I wondered was how a man did in 1920 to know that if he mixed up Different breeds was going to get a new breed with certain characteristics. I was interested in details, and ethical dilemmas. Then I was also interested in the cultural foundations of the social class to which the creator of the dogue belonged and the period mentality in that Córdoba,” the director of the production to the media told shortly after the premiere.
On the production process, he says that the work team that formed in the postgraduate and that framed the creation was interdisciplinary. He says that all the professionals involved came from different trajectories and that that enriched the decisions. However, the team's knowledge did not reach, and of course, the creation of the documentary involved an exhaustive investigation. On this Eliana tells: “We read books, we collect the research of the creator of the dogue, we conduct interviews with people from traditional families, we investigate fiction stories like Frankenstein's, we internalize ourselves with activities that bring together traditional families from Cordoba, we analyze the lineages . Other issues were important for the other team members. Pamela de la Vega is a visual artist and worked on the plans, and Bruno Barreto and Pipi Papalini, who are trained in film, raised narrative questions . The decision to film interviews with wide and fixed plans had to do with the idea of showing environments and being descriptive.”
Despite the immense work that involved for the entire team , the documentary did not participate in exhibitions or exhibitions. Although it still circulates in the matrix, as it can be attended on Vimeo and YouTube, and it becomes an excellent source of information for lovers of research and this breed.
Address: Eliana Piemonte
General production: Constanza Guillamondegui
Camera: Bruno Barretto, Pamela de la Vega, Pablo Baur
Sound: Pipi Papalini, Pablo Ammann
Editing: Pamela de la Vega, Constanza Guillamondegui, Eliana Piemonte Postproduction: Mauro Beccaría
Project Tutoring: Federico Robles - Pablo Baur
Publication Date: 29/04/2021
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