Eduardo Galeano Vagamundo

  • Documentary
  • 2019
  • 72 Minutes
  • Brazil
  • Language: Japanese and Portuguese and Spanish

A hug movie, for the biggest storyteller in Latin America.

Director: Felipe Nepomuceno

Screenwriter: Felipe Nepomuceno

Production Company: Nepomuceno Filmes

Premier Status: Asian Premiere

Film Critic

An Experimental Video

Pouria Jahanshad

Pouria Jahanshad

Eduardo Galeano Vagamundo is directed by Felipe Nepomuceno is an elegy for Eduardo Galeano, a Uruguayan journalist, writer, and anti-capitalist warrior who is known as Latin America’s cautious mind. In Open Veins of Latin America (1971) Galeano tried to unveil the 500 year colonialization of this region by Europe and America to persuade his audiences to think about their today’s development. He continued this way until his death in 2015.Though filmmaker has not dealt with political aspects of Galeano’s texts, it doesn’t frustrate Galeano’s lovers. In fact, instead of biography writing, filmmaker has tried to take the audience into Galeano’s world. However, benefiting from the power of words is not Nepomuceno’s only strategy. He has tried to make a new synthesis in the audiences’ mind by proper visual associations to make dialogues with magic and the power of words. This is why this documentary by putting away common film portraits, takes the form of an experimental documentary which not only is an elegy for a human, scholar, and intellectual, but also is an elegy for words which go beyond pictures to make the audience think of words’ uncontrollability. Therefore in this film experimentalism is associated with words’ political identity, the power of making, and their power of destroying.

Condemned to oblivion

Pirooz Kalantari

Pirooz Kalantari

The film takes place in three repetitive atmospheres along with Eduardo Galeano Vagamundo- Uruguayan novelist and journalist. He in front of the camera talks about his concerns about different readings of her books by various people who are supposed to relate to those texts. This is done using visual passages which are going to either continue the stream of the texts or disconnect texts to create emotion and sense for pursuing the film. In the back to back titles of the beginning of the film we see Galeano concerning about Latin America’s destiny. Similar to many Uruguayans, he wanted to become a soccer player and claims to be concerned about the role of story in life, memories, and dreams: “during my life I listened to many stories and learned how to tell stories”. Somewhere else Galeano associates the realms of memory and writing to his permanent concern i.e. Latin America: “ I am a writer obsessed with remembering. Remembering America’s past, and more than everything Latin America- the deprived and doomed to disregard land. The pattern and technique of filmmaker for mingling three mentioned atmospheres is limited to the appearance of the film and leads to repetition and dullness. Visual passages are nice and watchable, but don’t help to improve the film’s narration.



2019: 12º Festival de Cine Global Dominicano, First Film, Best Documentary, Dominican Republic

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Felipe Nepomuceno

DOP / Camera: Breno Cunha, Pedro von Kruger, Lula Carvalho, Guga Millet, Walter Carvalho

Editor: Felipe Nepomuceno

Music: Marcos Nimrichter

Sound: Evandro Lima, Bernardo Gebara

Production Designer: Tereza Alvarez

Producer: Tereza Alvarez

Cast: Eduardo Galeano, Laura Meradi, Ricardo Darín, Mia Couto, Joaquín Sabina, Paulo José, Tomio Kikuchi, João Miguel, Francisco Brennand, Helena Villagra, Armando Freitas Filho


Felipe Nepomuceno

Felipe Nepomuceno was born in São Paulo (Brazil) in 1975. Studied at New York School of Visual Arts. Wrote poetry books including the anthology Mapoteca. Directed and produced more than 30 short films and also several music DVDs and TV series. Eduardo Galeano Vagamundo is his first film feature.

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