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