A Love Song in Spanish
Ana Elena Tejera (PA)
A Love Song in Spanish
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The piece, an experiment that begins on the skin, in the skins of a family that spoke in silence about a tropical dictatorship in the 1980s, the dictatorship of a house. The skins whispered silently and their voices were heard in the corners, on the walls, in the cooking pot, on the soupspoon, on the wet beans. As the soldiers marched in the streets, the echo of their footsteps resonated in the walls of the home of a military man’s family, a house where the words were forgotten. With few oral resources, some photographs and some stolen confessions, the director proposes an exploration that goes from the personal to the political through a fictionalized experience of the family story related to the dictatorship of Panama. In this hybrid film, with real characters who interpret documentary conflicts in fictional contexts, we see “She,” the director's grandmother, living a lonely monotonous life, her days a routine of repetitive actions. Then she stops and becomes silent. She remembers the body of a man struck down by war. She tries to free herself of the memory, but the memory goes through the skin. A biographical performance between the director and her grandmother aiming to confront the domestic tyranny of their family.

Ana Elena Tejera
Ana Elena Tejera Panama
Promotion Jonas Mekas

Ana Elena Tejera is a Panamanian film director, visual artist, performer and actress and currently an artist-student at Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains. She is the creator and artistic director of Festival de La Memoria involving performances and installations in urban spaces recontextualized with images from political archives. She later worked on the restoration of part of Panama’s film archive at the Filmoteca de Catalunya. Tejera premiered her first film, Panquiaco (2020), at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in the official Bright Future competition.

  • Scénario: Ana Elena Tejera
  • Interprétation: Yolanda Mathieu, Candido Rodríguez, Ana Elena Tejera
  • Image: Mateo Guzmán
  • Son: Juan Camilo Martínez Idárraga
  • Montage image: Ana Elena Tejera
  • Montage son: Ana Elena Tejera

Production : Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains