On December 7, Sanjines arrived in Havana to present his new film Los viejos soldados (The Old Soldiers), which was one of several special presentations at the recently concluded 43rd Havana International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.
In fact, the Bolivian moviemaker is a founding member of the Havana film event, along with other greats such as Brazil’s Glauber Rocha and Argentina’s Fernando (Pino) Solanas.
He is also one of the greatest exponents of the New Latin American Cinema, a movement born in the 1960s that moved away from commercial mechanisms and set out to rescue the people’s customs.
For the renowned director, this movement emerged due to the need to make ‘different films, with ideological content, that contrasted with the mercantilism that ruled the world at the time.’
In his 86 years he still keeps his creative spark alive and recently concluded his new film Los viejos soldados, a motion picture set in the Chaco War.
The film had its world premiere in Cuba a few days ago, within the framework of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.