Raymundo Gleyzer (Argentina) was born in Buenos Aires in 1941 to Jacobo Gleyzer (a Russian-Ukrainian immigrant) and Sara Aijen (originally from Brazil). His parents were both artists and activists who co-founded the Idisher Folk Theatre-Teatro Popular Judío in Buenos Aires, staging performances of plays by Chekov and others, which undoubtedly influenced their children early on. After high school, Gleyser began studying economics but quickly turned his attention to filmmaking, enrolling in the cinema program at Universidad Nacional de la Plata in the early 1960s. His first film La tierra quema (1964) was shot when he was 21, after hitchhiking to Brazil with not much more than his 16mm camera. Some of Gleyzer’s earliest films from this period were created concurrently with his time working as a reporter, including Ceramiqueros de tras la sierra (1965) and Nuestras islas Malvinas (1966). He was also the first Argentine cameraperson to work in the Falkland Islands, where he produced a television series for Telenoche. Gleyzer’s filmography consists of 15 films. His lone fiction feature, Los Traidores (1973), was inspired by the true story of a Peronist union leader who faked his own kidnapping in an attempt to clinch an election. As a member of the People’s Revolutionary Army, in 1973 Gleyzer co-founded Cine de la Base, a film collective whose objectives included securing networks of access for his films outside of the bourgeois moviegoing circuit. Gleyzer wrote in 1971: I don’t believe in revolutionary cinema, I believe firmly in the revolution. He disappeared in Argentina in 1976. Gleyzer was the subject of the feature-length documentary Raymundo (2003), directed by Ernesto Ardito and Virna Molina.
IF I DON’T WORK, THEY KILL ME, AND IF I WORK, THEY KILL ME
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: May 20 – June 10, 2021
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: If I Don’t Work, They Kill Me, And If I Work, They Kill Me, 20 min, 1974
* Curated by Steve Macfarlane with very special and heartfelt thanks to Juana Sapire.