El precio de endulzar el café & Queimada = El precio de endulzar el café & Queimada
The price of sweetening coffee
Capitalism is characterised by the way it deletes the traces of its devastating effects on human beings and nature in search of small and imperceptible profits or commodities for consumption in western societies. It is well known that the development of capitalism in the 19th century occurred at the same time as the expansion of colonial imperialism. The economic interests of the colonial powers were centred on the discovery and exploitation of "new" territories. The relationships of the parts with the whole characterise capitalism. What we now call globalisation, that process by which an intervention in a specific, individual place can affect the future of a group or the whole, was at its peak in the 19th century. The sea became the channel for international trading. Slavery, its principal source of labour. Gunfire, the preferred currency for buying.
This session tries to examine the way a film such as Queimada (Burn!) uses the film "genre" to convey the central principles of historical materialism. As the saying goes, history always repeats itself. It is however relevant to look at examples of this repetition within popular culture and mass culture to learn about its history. This film is a fictional story based on real cases of conquest, exploitation and resistance. History represented before our eyes and our conscious.
Gillo Pontecorvo, 1969. 112’
Queimada (Burn!) tells the story of Mr William Walker, a double agent sent by the British Empire to a colony in the Caribbean to start a revolution that will benefit the crown. Set in a undefined part of the 19th century, the film can be seen as an allegory of imperial colonisation processes and the subsequent resistance and national liberation movements. Despite being set in the 19th century, the film's message must be viewed in the context of the political debate in the 1960s, especially the debate that linked the role of art and the function of intellectuals in any process of social change. Queimada (Burn!) is also a magnificent economic history lesson on imperialism and its principal weapon: war. A brave document for judging the importance of so-called political or militant cinema during the 1960s and 1970s, directed by its main pioneer, the director of The Battle of Algiers (1966) and Operation Ogre (1979), the Italian Gillo Pontecorvo.