Third World Cinema Group

por lofredo

Sangre del Condor – Bolivia 1969 – Grupo Ukamau

Sanjinés could justifiably claim that the film dealt a blow to U.S. imperial
interests, thereby proving that a film could be a weapon in the people’s struggle against

Because of the controversy, as well as the film’s artistic merits, it was
highly successful another way as well. In 1970, Walter Achugar, founder of
Renacimiento in Uruguay, brought Yawar Mallku to the U.S., where he had arranged for
it to screen in the San Francisco International Film Festival. It was October 1970.

The screening, according to Achugar, caused quite a sensation, and afterwards he was approached by three young Argentines who knew little about film, but according to him, were committed to political change in Latin America and fervently believed that films like Blood of the Condor, if made available to U.S. audiences, could make a difference in American attitudes and policy toward Latin America.

They were Gino Lofredo, Rodi Broullon and Carlos Broullon, and that conversation was the beginning of Third World Cinema Group, which was later renamed Tricontinental Film Center, and  Unifilm.

The organization inspired by that first U.S. screening of Blood of the
Condor would become the major North American distributor of Latin American,
Third World and political cinema until the mid 1980´s.

From: Moving cinema: Bolivia’s Ukamau and Europeanpolitical film, 1966-1989
Dennis Joseph Hanlon, University of Iowa, Thesis 2009). You may download the complete document here: Moving cinema: Bolivia’s Ukamau

(Ver C3M Cinemateca del Tercer Mundo – Uruguay. Una revisión muy completa de los antecedentes de TWCG en las organizaciones de cine revolucionario del ConoSur y América Latina)

In Europe, where in 1969 the film won the Georges Sadoul award from French film critics for the best foreign feature and a prize at the Venice festival, among others, sales of the film were so strong that they permitted the group to pay off their debts and purchase new equipment for use on future projects.

Gino Lofredo and Carlos Broullon, Third World Cinema Group/ Tricontinental Film Center, Berkeley, California, 1971