MONTEVIDEO – Argentine film director Diego Gachassin said that if “human rights are being violated,” there is the possibility that a film can be made about it.
“I believe that wherever there are human rights being harmed, there’s a chance of making a film. There’s a conflict and a possibility of telling something about the reality and proposing something better. Human rights are one more issue that’s interesting for film,” the director told EFE within the framework of an international film and human rights festival in Montevideo.
Gachassin traveled to the Uruguayan capital to present at the Tenemos Que Ver film festival his 2015 documentary “Los Cuerpos Dociles,” a film that discusses the issue of human rights focusing on Argentina’s judicial system.
He said that his work has a close relationship with the festival because he tries to show “how institutions work for a certain social sector and how there are certain crimes that are prosecuted and others not.”
He added that his observational documentaries seek “to put one into another’s shoes” by following people in their daily lives with the aim of showing things about them that are not accessible by another method.
“If film cannot change reality, it can certainly change the minds of some people so that later they change the reality ... Film is a very potent weapon for the one who uses it. And it seems to me also for promoting human rights,” he said.
Gachassin will also present another of his works at the festival – “Pabellon 4” – which discusses the Argentine judiciary and prison system.
The festival will run from June 7-14 with the attendance of five international filmmakers.
The event is aimed at fostering reflection and debate about human rights via film.