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“'Back to Boedo' is a documentary about passion”

He recounts from a personal vision the struggle of a group of San Lorenzo club supporters to recover their historic place.

Volver a Boedo”, Sergio Criscolo's documentary that came to the Argentine theatres this week, tells from a personal vision the struggle of a group of San Lorenzo club supporters to recover their historic place, the property of avenida La Plata to 1700, in the neighborhood of Boedo, which was expropriated to him during the last military dictatorship. “The film tells a social event, a popular demonstration to achieve a common goal, the context is Boedo. It is not a film about football, it is a documentary about passion,” said journalist and filmmaker Sergio Criscolo, a fan of the institution in a talk with Télam. “Boedo is not understood without San Lorenzo and San Lorenzo is not understood without Boedo,” said the director, synthesizing the spirit of a film that explores the affective bond that links the club with the neighborhood and appeals to the word of characters who declare their love for blue and red jersey and Boedo. The film features the filmmaker's own parents, 87 and 86 years old retired, a blind fan, Walter Lo Votrico, tango singers Osvaldo Peredo and Cucuza Castiello, poet Fabián Casas and Adolfo Res, promoter of the recovery of the Boedo property and creator of the Law of Restitution Historyrich sanctioned unanimously in the Buenos Aires legislature. “Volver a Boedo” tells the story of the club, of San Lorenzo's recovery of the lands on which his stadium once was, the Gasometer, which in 1979 was taken away by real estate businesses, which unleashed popular mobilizations and at the same time generated a great cultural and social impulse in the neighborhood. San Lorenzo spent more than a decade playing local on various courts, until in December 1993 he returned to his own stadium in Bajo Flores. However, Cyclone fans fought to return to their neighborhood. Thousands of people bought square meters — and then give them to the club without any remuneration — and so 7,000,0000 dollars were gathered. Everything was born from the romantic dream of four people that 20 years ago they proposed that the Gasometer return to where it was located between 1916 and 1979. Thus, the Buenos Aires Legislature unanimously approved the expropriation of land to Carrefour, the French supermarket. “I was interested in telling the social movement for a common goal, and how people from different ideologies and social strata achieved facing a giant like Carrefour, which is not less, are powerful companies,” said the director of the documentary that can be seen in different local theatres and in the cities of Mendoza and Rosario. “To understand why people wanted to return to Boedo I had to explain what is Boedo, today's theatre pole off, identified since its inception with bohemia, literature and tango,” he continued. A lot happened through the Gasometer, it was a social and cultural center. In order to understand that it wasn't the madness of four fans, I tried to convey the sense of belonging to the neighborhood.” Source: Telam

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