Se le movió el Piso - A portrait of Managua

Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, is the most singular city Anne Aghion encounters during a four-month long trip through Central America. To get a better grasp of the city, she crisscrosses it by bus. The shabbiness of the center creates an impression of violence. The scars from forty years of dictatorship, fifteen years of war, and the 1972 earthquake, have not yet been erased. Among the ruins of the 1972 earthquake, the Salazar theater, with its imposing thirties architecture, a huge stage presents itself. This theater — and the dozens of families that live in it — is the main subject of Se le movió el piso, a portrait of Managua. Inside and outside the theater, people wander ceaselessly and aimlessly, with very little hope. Anne Aghion’s meeting with Sofìa Montenegro, a journalist and former Sandinista, is a key factor in structuring this documentary. Thanks to many hours of interviews with her, there are two points of view on the city, both subjective voice-overs: Anne Aghion’s –  an outsider’s perception –  and Sofia’s – an insider’s description.

42 minutes / 1995

Coral Award for “Best Non-Latin American Documentary on Latin America” at the Havana Film Festival 1996

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