Promised Land

Posted on Sep 10, 2002 in Films


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, 2002

Honourable Mention
AluCine Film Festival, Toronto, 2002


MOCA: Museo Online de Cine Autobiografico Vigo, Spain, 2020
TRANSCINEMA, Festival Internacional de Cine Lima, Peru, 2017
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 Toronto, 2003
Alucine, Toronto Latino Film Festival Toronto, 2002
Global Vision Edmonton, Alberta, 2002
Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival Toronto, 2002


Produced and Directed by Marcos Arriaga
Edited by Guillermo Marin, Lisa Hayes and Marcos Arriaga
Sound Mixing and Editing by Mike Filippov
Sound Design by Benito Amaro
Optical Printer and Titles by Guillermo Marin, Karen Young and Marcos Arriaga
Camera and Still Photography by Marcos Arriaga
Produced with the Financial Assistance of: Ontario Arts Council, National Film Board of Canada,
Toronto Arts Council, LIFT.

Technical Details

Experimental Documentary / 2002
Runtime: 21 min
Original Format: Super 8
Exhibition Format: Mini DV, Digital
B&W and Colour, 4:3, Stereo
Distributor: CFMDC

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