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 my family is told from a personal point of view and also in relation to the political developments taking place throughout the Latin American continent. This film weaves together these various viewpoints, forming a unique perspective on memory, history and identity.

At the age of 27, Arriaga emigrated from his birthplace, the port of Callao, Peru, to Canada. Years later, from his adopted home in Toronto, he employs family photos, Super 8 film and archival footage to construct a visually evocative memory of his beloved family, his hopeful youth and the sweep of military dictatorship across Latin America that prompted so many to leave their home behind.– David McIntosh, Programmer. Hot Docs guide 2002.

Running time: 21 Minutes
Production Format: Super 8
Screening Format: 16 mm, DVD, Mini DV, Colour/ B & W, Sound
Year of Production: 2002
Distributor: CFMDC


Honourable Mention - AluCine Film Festival
Toronto. 2002


Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival
Toronto, 2002

Museo De Arte Moderno
Bogota Colombia, 2004

50th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar
Vassar College, NY, 2004

Optic Nerve Film & Video Festival
Peterborough, Ontario, 2004

Argos Festival
Brussels, Belgium, 2003

Ed Video Media Arts Centre
Guelph Ontario, 2003

Pleasure Dome Summer
Toronto, 2003

$100 Film Festival
Calgary, Alberta, 2003

The Independents, Cinematheque Ontario
Winter, 2003

Alucine, Toronto Latino Film Festival
Toronto, 2002

Global Vision
Edmonton, Alberta, 2002

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