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Ilhas do Porto
Colombian children Charles Dyke PhD
A portrait of half a dozen men and women who live in the crowded and unhealthy industrial courts of Oporto, an odd architectural legacy of the industrial revolution.

Through a series of intimate conversations, shot at daylight, and with one or two crew members, 'Ilhas do Porto' is a warm portrait of the lives, hopes and frustrations of several Portuguese men and women on the turn of the 21st century.

'Ilhas do Porto' was entirely funded by ICAM (Instituto do cinema audiovisual and multimedia - Audiovisual Portuguese Institute), and it was world-wide broadcast by RTP (Radio Televisão Portuguesa - Portuguese Radio and Television) in 2001 and 2002

Even in the current Colombian armed conflict, dozens of high-school graduates have the possibility of accomplishing their obligatory military service as primary school teachers of Nueva Era.

'Military Teachers' is a journalistic note on the school project of  Norberto Tarazona Rojas, a police lieutenant  struggling to keep Nueva Era running, the only primary school available to the children of Olas II, one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Bucaramanga, a Colombian city with a population of 1 million.

The misery of Olas II is such that the first priority of the school is to feed its pupils. Although some funds are provided by the local government and several charity institutions, parents must pay the weekly equivalent of 1 dollar per student - a difficult task for those who own nothing. As a result many parents are obliged to take their children from the school. Without education the most fortunate kids would get menial jobs, whereas the majority of them will fall in the abysms of beggary, criminality and prostitution.

Nueva Era is periodically run in a government house built besides a running sewage; about three years ago classes were suspended due to certain bureaucratic disagreement. Wanting to eliminate such source of uncertainty, lieutenant Norberto Tarazona is trying to raise funds in order to buy a lot for Nueva Era.
A self-reflexive video, 'The Thinker who used to read fiction' introduces viewers to the life of US philosopher Chuck Dyke, as well as to his ideas on controversial topics such as American politics, adolescence, ecology, higher education and the general purpose of philosophy in 1990s America.

A documentary on philosophy, boldly tailored according to the melodramatic discourse of the Media. Dyke's elaborated concepts are juxtaposed to those improvised by several men and women from around the world: documentary-makers, actors and passserbies who in spite of their ignorance on C. Dyke's philosophy, are eager to discuss and distort his discourse according to their own impressions and pre-conceived ideas.

Shot between 1996 and 1997,  'The Thinker who used to read fiction' was partly financed by PIFVA (Philadelphia Film and Video Association).

Hugo Santander Ferreira © First Film Productions 2012