Every day hundred of women give testimonies of manipulation and abuses in which they are given no chance of actively participate in the decision-making in the important and personal process of pregnancy and labor. Women end up accepting and normalizing violence as the price they must pay to bring a child into the world.
This gender violence is called Obstetric Violence, and it takes place throughout the course of pregnancy care, delivery and postpartum. It is lived cross-sectionally in private or public health services, reflected in information manipulation, abuse or denial of medication, psychological and physical abusive practices and aggressively manipulation in low-risk births among others, resulting in serious physical and psychological damage in women and infants.
Questioning and reflecting the treatment that women and their babies receive in relation to their sexual and reproductive health and rights, is the foundation of this documentary project called SILENCIO. It reveals the experience of birth by Chilean, Peruvian, Bolivian and indigenous women in Chile.
This project wants to show the normalize practices of violence against women through an installation of big format portraits, photos and family videos with the audio of each women testimony. These will generates a photo-video-sound experience that will take the viewer to absorb the experience of each woman by three different devices. Finally this project will be in photo book with all women histories and photographs.
Filmmaker and photographer. After finishing a degree in architecture he graduated as a director from the Chilean Film School, with the thesis film "Paseo" that was screened at several film festivals and also won the Jury Prize for the Best Chilean Film at SANFIC 5 (Santiago International Film Festival in 2009)
He has taught editing, scriptwriting, direction and given advice on degree projects at a number of universities including the Chilean Film School , Catholic University and the University of Chile. In 2010 he produced and directed his first documentary feature film "El Frío Misterio" (“The cold mystery”), which won the Jury Prize for Best Film at the Chile Inedit Festival 2010 and which was released commercially in September 2011. He also directed the documentary "A day with Tortoise" about the North American rock band Tortoise,which was selected for Inedit Barcelona and distributed in the United States.
His first fiction feature film, "La Mujer de Barro" ( “The Mud Woman”) premiered worldwide at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival and was shown at more than 15 festivals, achieving recognition for best photography and best female performance (Catalina Saavedra).
In 2019, he directed the feature-length documentary "El Negro", a co-production between Storyboard Media (Chile) Les films Figures Libres (France) and France Televisions (France 3).
He also created and co-directed with Lucía Puenzo his first fiction drama series "La Jauría" (“The Pack”), by Amazon Prime; winner of the CNTV fiction series prize, together with the production company Fábula, Freemantle, Kapow and Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN); Today work on his next feature fiction film "El Gol Más Triste" (“An Empty Goal”) a coproduction between Chile – Brasil- Germany and France, winner of Ibermedia, Corfo, Chilean audiovisual Fund and selected in Berlinale coproduction market, San Sebastian Industry among many others and develop the feature film “Il Cileno” ; coproduction between Italy and Chile.
Parallel to his work as a director and editor, he has worked as an independent photographer since 2000, for which he recieved recognition from Fotoamérica and ArteMayor at the Universidad Mayor.
In 2006 he made the exhibition "FAZ, The Peripheral Image" at the Inside Art Gallery. He collaborated at the FIFV (International Photography Festival of Valparaíso). In 2012 he made the short film "Un Fotógrafo" (“A photographer”) on the work of Rodrigo Gómez Rovira in Patagonia and the documentary "8 Fotógrafos" (“Eight Photographers”) in conjunction with the national council of culture and arts under the curatorship of Andrea Josch and Felipe Coddou to open the International Photography Festival "EM FOCO" (Paraty, Brazil).
He has been selected for fairs / events such as Art Santiago, Faxxi and several workshops, among them the Claudi Carreras workshop given by the Humo collective. In 2017 his series "Chile Doméstico" was screened in the collective exhibition "Territorio Compartido" at the civic center in Vitacura. That same year he exhibited "Superficies Vacantes" (“Vacant Surfaces”), his first solo exhibition at the Schacht Palace, the Cultural Foundation in Providencia under the curatorship of Nathalie Goffard. He exhibited "Topografía Invisible” (“Invisible Topography”) his second solo show at the Madhaus contemporary art gallery in Santiago in May 2018.