Films

Arriaga has directed, shot and edited almost a dozen films. In looking at the progression of his films, we are able to see the evolution of the filmmaker, as both an artist and a human being who lives actively in his world.

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Looking for Carmen

Looking for Carmen explores a violent episode in recent Peruvian history: the civil war instigated by the Peruvian communist guerilla group, The Shining Path, between 1980 and 2000. Abimael Guzman, a philosophy professor considered the …

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Assembly

Assembly is a short film that illustrates the struggle of the working class in Peru, in relation to the global workers movement. The grainy images, canted shots, still images and Russian montages offer a captivating …

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Tale of Winter

Tale of Winter focuses on the societal indifference towards homeless people. One the of the biggest challenges of ours times is the lack of empathy towards the underprivileged, the poor, the deranged: the people who …

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3 x 16

These three short films, consists of perceptive depictions of a public square in Lima, the view from his mother’s rooftop, and work at the Toronto film festival revision department. The filmmaker used 16 mm as …

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Maricones (Faggots)

Set in the marginal neighbourhood of Corongo and the seigniorial cobblestone streets of Lima, Peru, MARICONES unveils the many contradictions and advances of a sexual revolution that is sweeping the world at the dawn of …

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A Little Square Heaven

A documentary that explores the lives of gardeners from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds in Toronto community gardens. The gardeners are the basis for a look at multiculturalism in Toronto. Their values, relationship to the …

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Promised Land

An experimental documentary film, which mixes the personal and the political. It follows the story of my family in Peru, from the middle of the last century through to the present day. The story of …

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The Harris Project

Four filmmakers start out by developing a project that confronts Mike Harris’ Common Sense Revolution; but in the end, their documentary turns away from the political battle and begins to question the difficulties of making …

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El Barrio

A colorful mosaic of the people of Toronto’s downtown core – one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. Vivid images and dynamic editing capture the intense spirit of these groups and their …

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Watching

Watching is a short ‘experimental documentary’ shot in super 8 format in Peru. The images reveal everyday life—people cooking, dancing in the street, young kids hanging out interspersed with the images of striking miners. This …

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