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Contrakultura Documentaries on Latin American Writers by Eduardo Montes-Bradley

Updated: May 15, 2023

Contrakultura Films was an effort to produce biographical documentaries on Latin American writers. The production offices were in San Telmo, Buenos Aires. The initiative later expanded to include visual artists such as Andrés Waissman and Humberto Calzada and social scientists such as León Rozitchner, Ismael Viñas, Juan Jose Sebreli, and Jorge Lovisolo.

Poster announcing the screening of Documentaries films on Latin American Writers, Montes-Bradley,
Latin American Writers by Montes-Bradley

Contrakultura existed as such between 2002 and 2006, producing approximately twenty-five documentaries with the support of INCAA, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, and Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación. The films produced by Contrakultura are presently owned by Heritage Film Project and distributed by Alexander Street Press.

One of the most remarkable collections by Contrakultura was the thirteen titles known collectively as "Perfiles" presented at the Biennial Northeast Regional Meeting "Luso-Hispanic Presence in the Changing Cultural Landscape of America," organized by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese at Yale University.

Postcard promoting the work of Contrakultura Films and Montes-Bradley
Contracultura Films, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Eduardo Montes-Bradley directed most of the documentaries on "Perfiles", some under pseudonyms inspired by legendary actresses of the silent era of Mexican Cinema, such as Cándida Beltrán, Mimi Derba, Ana Lobos, Emma Padilla, Lupe Velez, Maria Laura del Rio.

Contrakultura also produced "NOA", a trilogy directed by Norberto "Negro” Ramírez in the Northwestern provinces of Argentina.

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