Valeria Sarmiento  

Chilean writer, director and editor Valeria Sarmiento has been based in Paris since 1974. She studied philosophy and filmmaking at the University of Chile. Her documentaries tend to address Latin American gender politics and she is probably best known as the regular editor and collaborator of her husband, Raoul Ruiz. She is often cited alongside Angelina Vásquez and Marilú Mallet as a key woman filmmaker of Chilean exile and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988. A retrospective of her work as a director was held at Stanford University in May 2008. (10/09)

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A Man, When He Is a Man El Hombre, Cuando Es El Hombre

A film by Valeria Sarmiento, 1982, 66 min, Color

Set in Costa Rica and touched with dark humor, this stylistically imaginative documentary illuminates the social climate and cultural traditions which nurture machismo and allow the domination of women to flourish in Latin America. "An amazing work that successfully reveals the genuinely funny elements of male posturing and its potentially serious consequences. It will be…

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