Sara Mamani arrives, the name resists, a journey through the history of a complete artist

“Sara Mamani, the name resists” is the documentary by Susana Moreira that will premiere this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Gaumont Cinema, and that the director defined as a “sincere tribute” to the singer and songwriter from Salta in the different stages of her life and his work.

“What attracts me the most about Sara is her ability to emerge from her native Salta, reach the Capital and not lose her essence,” said the seasoned documentary filmmaker who in this film travels with the singer through the places of her life, in a conversation with Télam. childhood and adolescence and his beginnings with Cuchi Leguizamón.

“I have tried to make my fragility, which is real and concrete, be at the same time my strength, I think I have achieved it, not without effort, but I have achieved it, after having been hospitalized for 12 days,” Mamani said in one of the passages of the film, where he refers to a serious illness that prevented him from singing for years.

“My mom always said ‘you have to be strong Sara,’ I think I fulfilled that and here I am,” said the singer, who, as the documentary produced by Miguel Mirra shows, always maintained her commitment to singing and human rights.

The discrimination she suffered since she was little and that accompanied her through the years, her 14 moves in Buenos Aires, her time of silence, the fulfilled dream of performing in Plaza de Mayo and, fundamentally, her strength and her songs are present in “Sara Mamani, the name resists”, a film that brings his music and history closer to the public, from a warm and intimate perspective.

Mamani is a professor of Philosophy, has released six albums and received several distinctions, including the First Prize for Music III Biennial of Indigenous Art 2010 in Quito (Ecuador), among others.

She is a member of the collective MujerTrova, since 2008 she belongs to the Argentine Forum of Composers and worked together with the Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel in the Peace and Justice Service. Two years ago she published her first poetry book, “Décimas” and in 2021 “Ovillos”.

“Sara enjoys the music of northern Argentina, its hills and its valleys. She deeply feels the message of the singers and her boxes and she transmits to us in her song and poetry the sensations of the valleys and her music. She is a person who loves and always remembers her origins. Therefore, it is what I have tried to reflect and transmit, the sonority that she feels and lives in each one of her songs”, Moreira expressed.

In her house in Buenos Aires, where she has lived for many years, Sara recounts her musical career, alternating archive material from her concerts, including the one she performed with Jaime Torres.

The words of Adolfo Pérez Esquivel (Nobel Peace Prize winner) and Norita Cortiñas and images of Sara in Jujuy, participating in the Tilcara carnival, as she did for so many years, enrich this audiovisual work, which will also be exhibited on May 4 in the Paseo de Los Artesanos in Salta, and on the 5th and 11th in the Incaa de Tilcara and San Salvador de Jujuy spaces, respectively.

The director, who throughout her career made documentaries such as “That look. Documentary women”, she spoke, among other issues, of the integrity of the artist with whom she forged a friendship for years and her desire to honor her with a film.

Télam: How did the need to dedicate a film to Sara Mamani arise?

Susana Moreira: The idea for the documentary arose one day when I realized that I had known and appreciated Sara, her activities and her music for a long time, and I felt that she deserved to make a documentary about her. So we talked with her, Miguel Mirra, who did the production, and me, and there was total agreement on her part about the production, she was happy with that possibility.

T: How was the work to condense such a long trajectory, with so many nuances, into a film?

SM: At first it was a pleasant job, carried out side by side with Sara. It allowed me to learn more about her life and her way of connecting and overcoming the difficulties she has faced. Then it was also an arduous job of knowing even more about his different periods of life and all the vicissitudes he faced, and unraveling the essence of each stage.

T: After doing it, did anything change in your view of Sara?

SM: It didn’t change my vision, but rather it reaffirmed what I already knew, its commitments to singing, to its people, to human rights.

T: It’s interesting how she always returns to her origins, something that can be seen from her pride in her last name to her music… do you see it that way?

SM: Yes, of course, what attracts me to her after making the documentary is that after a long, fruitful and difficult life she has not lost her essence from Salta.

T Was there a total dedication of Sara Mamani to make this film? At least that is what is perceived watching the film.

SM: With Sarita we are united by a friendship of years and when we proposed to make the documentary it was a joy for her and she collaborated in everything she could in its realization. It is a sincere tribute to her and all that her person implies. And Sara sincerely gave herself in the filming. (Telam)

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Sara Mamani arrives, the name resists, a journey through the history of a complete artist