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Psinopsis, The Discrete Poet. Documentary Archive


27 December 2016
This month's topic: Artistic Research
a) imagen tomada por Melisa Mecos

Psinopsis, The Discrete Poet. Documentary Archive

Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Cuba and Germany opened their doors to a Guatemalan poet unknown in their country. This documentary seeks to recount the pilgrimage of Arqueles Morales Chacón and his contribution to the history of Central America. It takes as its narrative thread, a bundle of old leaves, 10 centimetres wide and 25 long, found on the street beside the rubbish bins. It was a library with manuscripts and poems, written in their majority with a typewriter on almost transparent leaves, some of which illegible.

b) imagen tomada por Melisa Mecos

Tuesday 20 December 1988, a newspaper in Nicaragua (El Nuevo Diario) announced, on one of its pages, that journalism was in mourning.

Arqueles Morales dies in Cuba.
Arqueles Morales an outstanding journalist of Guatemalan origin, who had become a citizen of Nicaragua, died last Saturday night in Havanna, Cuba, the outcome of a grave illness.

c) Foto de archivo familiar.

At the age of 11 he formed part of a gang in one of the districts located in the red-light-districts of the city. Later, he moved to Villa Nueva, where he encountered a group of young people made up of ex-gang members who used theatre as a tool to channel and show some of the needs within the community. Returning to the city of Guatemala he became a member of the theatre group Andamio Teatro Raro. These experiences made him understand the importance of documenting processes with a video camera. Now, Spanky is an independent producer of documentaries who believes that threading together stories through a video camera can make a contribution to society.

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