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An earthquake is not only a disaster of material things but a disaster of the identity of people. This is not just a story about Chileans but about our collective struggle to find a place to call home and the obstacles we must overcome in order to do so. 

WHAT IS THE FILM ABOUT?

'TALCA INTERRUPTED'  is a one-hour documentary about the search for lost identity in the aftermath of the February 27th, 2010 earthquake in Chile. In the city of Talca, 6500 homes were damaged or destroyed and only 12 have been rebuilt through government subsidies. ‘Talca Interrupted’ will uncover the human face in the wreckage of these statistics through the perspective of three characters; Pedro who has chosen to cling to his past, Ester who is trapped in her present and Jose Luis who is determined to create a completely new identity for himself and his community. In traversing a timeline of this post-disaster city through their past, present and future instances, the film explores why we leave aspects of ourselves behind and why we preserve others in times of crisis. 

THE MONEY

Over a period of four weeks, the money will cover the costs of return travel from Australia to Chile for the filmmaker, domestic travel expenses, accommodation and daily expenses for the team in Talca, equipment hire, costs for editing, colour grading, musician hire and translation costs. These struggling people in Chile need to be heard and their stories are not being covered in Chilean or international media. Through the completion of this film, it can create international awareness of their living situations and promote more productive activity in the region for post-earthquake reconstruction. 

I am working with a small production team including Chilean filmmaker Dani Ibaceta and award-winning Chilean Composer Jorge Aliaga, and we have already accumulated initial photography and on ground research and initial interviews that we conducted over one week in March. Over four weeks in June/July we plan on returning to Talca for the production of the film which is why we are currently raising money for $25,000 on Kickstarter to cover the film’s production and some post-production costs. The film has an estimated completion date of September 2011, when it will premier in Chicago!

WHO ARE THE CHARACTERS?

(Past) Pedro was a local liquor shop owner before the earthquake struck his neighbourhood. His house was severely damaged in the quake but his wife did everything she could to re-patch the walls and restore its previous condition. Pedro lost his business and is now the leader of his community in 'Seminario': running a group lobbying the reconstruction of their neighbourhood where only 3 houses have been rebuilt over a year since the earthquake. Pedro's deepest loss is the damage to his beloved neighbourhood. He often visits the abandoned sites and homes, to rekindle his memory of the past and mourns the lives that were taken with their destruction. He is attached to his past identity, his past memories and often talks about the importance of restoring the way things were. Pedro's spirit is trapped but many people in his community look to him for strength and support. The film explores his processes for moving on and his spiritual processes for feeling at home again.

(Present) Ester was trapped inside her house at the time of the earthquake. After its destruction, she was living on the streets for two months and is now living in a government issued temporary home (Mediagua) which is a small wooden shack with no weather protection and is surrounded by the crumbled walls of her previous home. Living in constant fear, Ester cannot sleep with the doors closed because she has hallucinations of the roof crushing down on her. She cannot look to the past condition of her previous home, she is trapped in a present state of existence not knowing when she will be issued with a real home by a government that has failed to respond to her needs like so many others. Her family is one of twenty who are applying for apartments in a non-government development for social housing. Trapped in the present, she is still waiting for a place to call home...

(Future) Jose Luis is an architect who is determined to let go of the past in the prospect of building a better future for himself and his community of 'Seminario'. He owns the rights to his grandmother’s 1929 Chilean house that was partially destroyed in the earthquake. He spent time there during his child hood but currently lives in a newly developed house that was mildly affected by the quake. His extended family that was occupying the house quickly escaped the night of the earthquake. The house was left with its antique furniture and smelling of the mud that characterised the earthquake, the smell of damp earth to dust. At first he considered the possibility of restoring the house, but he believes that the development of a community centre in its place will have more long-term value. Emotionally torn, he refused the council’s demolishing of the house, to retain his grandmother and his families’ memory. But after some time, he realized that he cannot stand the smell of the home because it reminded him of the earthquake and feels that anything related to it must be discarded and destroyed. Will he follow through with his development or restore the memories of his past?

DIRECTORS STATEMENT

I am an Iranian-Australian filmmaker and architecture graduate currently living in Melbourne, Australia. When studying architecture I participated in international workshops in Cardiff and Beirut where I set out to make short films about other people’s post-traumatic experiences, only to question my own personal identity. Similar to other Iranian migrants, growing up in Australia and having little contact with Iran, my idea of home is something very transient and trapped in between these two worlds. Thus, I have always been very passionate in exploring the concept of identity and what the meaning of 'home' is across different cultures in varying circumstances. For Chileans, home is everything: it's family, solidity, culture and traditions.  Now that it's gone, they are fighting to find it again...

On the 27th February 2010, when I heard about the devastating earthquake that struck Chile, I realised that it wasn’t just a disaster of material things but a disaster of the identity of people. This displacement is something I relate to deeply. In January 2011, I started collaborating with a group of architects, artists and designers from Chicago who are working on a community reconstruction project located in Talca, Chile which is one of the most affected cities from the Earthquake. Located 200km from the epicentre of the 8.8 Richter scale earthquake, the city of Talca became an unrecognisable landscape of debris, and as a result 20,000 jobs were lost. The historic town centre was destroyed. But more importantly the soul of the people was broken. Loss of identity was experienced by the resident, the neighbourhood and the city.

THE OUTPUT

Over the duration of the film’s development, photographs, journal entries, interviews and footage will be uploaded for your viewing onto our website www.talcainterrupted.com. Upon the completion of the film, it will be viewable online and prepared for DVD distribution. Our T-shirt design competition is currently underway, which will be updated on our Kickstarter page along with other exciting rewards that come out of the production of the film. 

The multi-disciplinary team from Chicago in collaboration with Chilean NGO's Reconstruye and Surmaule, will be building a community centre in Talca in parallel with the film 'Talca Interrupted'. As collaborators, our discoveries will provide a creative feedback loop to better integrate with the communities in Talca and thus enhance the quality of the work. Additionally, the designs and prototypes of the team from Chicago will be published and distributed by Chicago-based Architecture & Design Journal: MAS Context. This exciting output will be made possible by you and available to you depending on your generous donations!

Time is running out and it’s all or nothing, if we don’t reach our target goal of $25,000 then we won’t receive anything and the story will go untold. EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS! There are rewards for every donation including DVD’s of the completed film, publications, t-shirts, physical prototypes of the architects’ designs and more. Please donate and share with your networks to help raise awareness of post-disaster cities in your world today!

LINKS 

‘TALCA INTERRUPTED’ FILM: http://talcainterrupted.com/ 

TEAM FROM CHICAGO: http://www.gfry2011.com/ 

NGO RECONSTRUYE: http://www.reconstruye.org/ 

NGO SURMAULE: http://www.surmaule.cl/

MAS CONTEXT JOURNAL: http://www.mascontext.com/

EN ESPAÑOL

Un terremoto no es sólo un desastre para las cosas materiales, sino también para la identidad de las personas. Esta historia es acerca de los chilenos, pero también es acerca de nuestra lucha colectiva por encontrar un lugar que podamos considerar nuestro hogar y los obstáculos que debemos superar para hacerlo.

El 27 de febrero de 2010, cuando me enteré de la devastación que provocó el terremoto que afectó a Chile, a la distancia sentí una conexión con este desastre. Me di cuenta de que no sólo era un desastre para las cosas materiales, sino también para la identidad de las personas. En enero de 2011, comencé a colaborar con un grupo de arquitectos, artistas y diseñadores de Chicago, quienes están trabajando en un proyecto de reconstrucción en Talca, Chile, una de las ciudades más afectadas por el terremoto. Ubicada a 200 km del epicentro del terremoto, que alcanzó una magnitud de 8,8 en la escala de Richter, la ciudad de Talca se transformó en un irreconocible paisaje de escombros. 20.000 personas perdieron sus empleos y el centro histórico de la ciudad quedó destruido. El fenómeno de la pérdida de identidad ocurrió en todos los niveles: en la ciudad, en los barrios y en las casas.

Soy cineasta y licenciada en arquitectura, soy iraní-australiana y vivo en Melbourne, Australia. Durante mis estudios de arquitectura participé en talleres internacionales en Cardiff, Gales y Beirut, Líbano, donde realicé cortometrajes acerca de las experiencias postraumáticas de las personas, lo cual me permitió redescubrir mi propia identidad. Tal como ocurre con otras personas de ascendencia iraní, al crecer en Australia y tener poco contacto con Irán, mi concepto de hogar es muy difuso y parece estar atrapado entre estos dos mundos. Por lo tanto, siempre he sentido una profunda pasión por explorar el concepto de identidad y el significado de "hogar" en distintas culturas y en distintas circunstancias.

- nora niasari

¿DE QUÉ TRATA LA PELÍCULA?

"TALCA INTERRUPTED" es un documental que trata acerca de la búsqueda de la identidad perdida después del terremoto del 27 de febrero de 2010 en Chile. En la ciudad de Talca, 6.500 hogares sufrieron daños o terminaron destruidos. Sólo 12 se han reconstruido gracias a los subsidios del gobierno. "Talca Interrupted" descubrirá el lado humano en medio del desastre, por medio de la perspectiva de tres personas: una que ha decidido aferrarse a su pasado, otra que está atrapada en su presente y otra que ha decidido crear una identidad completamente nueva para sí y para su comunidad. A través de una línea de tiempo que abarca el pasado, presente y futuro de la ciudad, la película explora los mecanismos a través de los cuales decidimos dejar algunas cosas y conservar otras en tiempos de crisis.

EL DINERO

Durante un período de cuatro semanas, el dinero ayudará a cubrir los costos del viaje de Australia a Chile para la cineasta, gastos de viaje relacionados, alojamiento y gastos diarios para el equipo en Talca, alquiler de equipos, costos de edición, graduación de color, servicios de música y servicios de traducción. La gente de Chile que está sufriendo merece ser escuchada y su historia no forma parte de las noticias chilenas ni internacionales. Por medio de esta película, podemos crear conciencia internacional acerca de la situación actual de los habitantes de Talca e incentivar una actividad más productiva en la región, para la reconstrucción posterremoto.

El pequeño equipo de producción con el que trabajo incluye la cineasta chilena Dani Ibaceta y el reconocido compositor chileno Jorge Aliaga. Durante una semana de trabajo durante el mes de marzo, obtuvimos fotografía inicial y desarrollamos investigación y entrevistas en la zona. Durante cuatro semanas, entre junio y julio, pretendemos regresar a Talca para producir la película. Es por eso que estamos recaudando USD $25.000 en Kickstarter para cubrir los costos de producción y algunos costos de posproducción del documental. La fecha estimada de término de la cinta es septiembre de 2011. Posteriormente, será estrenada en Chicago.

¿QUIÉNES SON LOS PERSONAJES?

(Pasado) Pedro era dueño de una botillería local antes de que el terremoto golpeara a su vecindario. Su casa sufrió graves daños debido al terremoto, pero su esposa hizo todo lo que pudo para reparar los muros y restaurar la casa. Pedro perdió su negocio y hoy es el líder de esta comunidad en Seminario, un grupo que busca la reconstrucción de su barrio, donde sólo tres casas se han reconstruido a un año del terremoto. Para Pedro, la mayor pérdida tiene que ver con los daños que sufrió su querido barrio. Suele caminar por los terrenos y los hogares abandonados, donde revive sus recuerdos y lamenta la pérdida de las vidas que se llevó la destrucción. Está anclado en su identidad anterior y en sus recuerdos y suele hablar acerca de la importancia de que las cosas vuelvan a ser como antes. El espíritu de Pedro está atrapado, pero muchas personas de la comunidad lo buscan cuando necesitan apoyo. ¿Cuáles son sus procesos para superar la situación? ¿Volverá a sentirse alguna vez en casa?

(Presente) Ester Núñez quedó atrapada en su casa tras el terremoto. Después de la destrucción, vivió en la calle durante dos meses. Actualmente, vive en una mediagua que le proporcionó el gobierno: una muy pequeña construcción de madera, sin protección contra las inclemencias del tiempo, rodeada por las paredes de su hogar anterior. Ester vive en un miedo constante y no puede dormir con las puertas cerradas, ya que hacerlo le produce visiones en las que el techo cae sobre ella. No puede volver a ver las condiciones de su hogar anterior; se encuentra atrapada en su presente y no sabe cuándo el gobierno le entregará una vivienda real, el mismo gobierno que no ha respondido ante ella y ante tantos otros. Su familia es una de las veinte que postulan a unos departamentos que ofrece una entidad no gubernamental. Atrapara en el presente, aún busca un lugar al cual denominar su hogar.

(Futuro) José Luis es un arquitecto que está determinado a dejar el pasado atrás y construir un futuro mejor para sí mismo y para su comunidad de Seminario. Posee los derechos de la vivienda de 1929 de su abuela, que se destruyó con el terremoto. Durante su infancia, pasó un tiempo en aquella casa; actualmente, vive en una casa relativamente nueva, que se vio levemente afectada por el terremoto. Su familia escapó rápidamente de la casa en la noche del terremoto. La vivienda se quedó con sus enseres antiguos y el aroma que caracterizó el terremoto: tierra húmeda y polvo. En un principio, José Luis consideró la posibilidad de restaurar la casa, pero ahora cree que el desarrollo de un centro comunitario en su lugar tendría un mayor valor a largo plazo. Con sentimientos encontrados, rechazó que el municipio demoliera la casa, para conservar los recuerdos de su abuela y su familia. Sin embargo, después de un tiempo se dio cuenta de que no toleraba el aroma de la casa, ya que le recordaba el terremoto. Sostiene que todo lo que tenga relación con el movimiento telúrico se debe rechazar y destruir. ¿Llevará a cabo sus planes o restaurará los recuerdos de su pasado?

LAS CREACIONES

Durante el desarrollo de la película, se publicarán fotografías, bitácoras, entrevistas y clips de video en nuestro sitio web: www.talcainterrupted.com. Después de finalizarla, se podrá ver en línea y se preparará para su distribución en DVD. Actualmente, se está realizando una competencia para decidir el diseño de nuestras camisetas. El resultado se publicará en nuestra página en Kickstarter, además de otros excelentes premios que derivarán de la producción de la cinta.

El equipo multidisciplinario de Chicago, junto con la colaboración de las organizaciones no gubernamentales chilenas Reconstruye y Surmaule, construirán un centro comunitario en Talca, en paralelo con la grabación de "Talca Interrupted". Como colaboradores, nuestros descubrimientos les serán útiles para integrarse mejor con las comunidades de Talca y así aumentar la calidad del trabajo. Además, los diseños y prototipos del equipo de Chicago se publicarán y distribuirán en el diario de arquitectura y diseño de Chicago "MAS Context". Todas estas creaciones serán posibles gracias a ti y podrás tener acceso a ellas de acuerdo con tus generosas donaciones.

El tiempo se acaba y es todo o nada: si no alcanzamos nuestra meta de USD $25.000, no recibiremos nada y la historia quedará en el olvido. ¡CADA DÓLAR ES IMPORTANTE! Hay premios por cada donación, como DVD del documental, publicaciones, camisetas, prototipos físicos de los diseños de los arquitectos y mucho más. Te solicitamos hacer una donación y compartir esta información con tus amigos y los contactos de tus redes sociales. De esta forma, ayudarás a crear conciencia acerca de las situaciones que ocurren en las ciudades del mundo después de que se ven golpeadas por un desastre.

VÍNCULOS

LA PELÍCULA "TALCA INTERRUPTED": http://talcainterrupted.com/

EL EQUIPO DE CHICAGO: http://www.gfry2011.com/

RECONSTRUYE: http://www.reconstruye.org/

MAS CONTEXT: http://www.mascontext.com/

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