Project Description

GRITO de PIEDRA

Tourism becomes the miners new vein, when Lonely planet discovers the fascinating hardships of the silvermine. This lyrical documentary with social economical undertone, resists the temptation of interview.

In an observing way GRITO de PIEDRA (SCREAM of the STONE) gives an inside view of the lives of Gavino and Pedro Montes. Gavino is a miner in the Cerro Rico in Potosí, Bolivia. His son Pedro, a 23 year old student, works as a tourist guide in the same mine. Over the last decade, tourism has discovered Potosí and the fascinating hardships of the silver mine. Already, tourism has left its marks on the town and its people.

GRITO de PIEDRA trailer


GRITO de PIEDRA behind the scenes

From the director

Gavino and me. We spent a lot of time together, which was needed to get the best result for the film. In the beginning he and his family were very much aware of me and the camera, but after a while I could start the real filming. In the end it was really difficult to ‘make an appointment’, because he and his colleagues were drunk most of the time (and nobody knew where they were.)

Miguel and Gavino are rolling a real Dutch cigarette that I brought from Holland.
Miguel is the brother of Inez (so that makes him Gavino’s brother-in-law). After Gavino’s first wife died, he remarried with Inez. Pedro (the tourist guide) is his son from his first marriage. Gavino and Inez have 6 more children of which Ariel is the youngest. He became three during the shooting.

To break the ice and to get to know the family, you sometimes have to literally play along. The children were playing ‘blind cow’ outside: a game where you get blindfolded and have to seek the rest. Everyone was very much enjoyed when the tall Dutch guy plays along. Gavino has nine children and I tried to exclude most of them from the film; otherwise it would have been much too complicated (for the viewer).

When Etienne (assistant) first left Potosí, Tanja took over. We had a lot in common and working together went amazingly great. She is a 29 years old Austrian girl that lived in Holland for the last six years to study anthropology. Supporting the film was a good experience for her and I could not have done this without her. When she left after a few weeks, Etienne took over again and there was still much work to do.

‘La Plata’ was my favourite restaurant in Potosí. It was too cold to work in the hostel, so I had to flee to bars or restaurants, that aren’t the best place to work. In this restaurant I spotted most of the material. Here I also discovered that crucial scenes were completely ruined, because of the dust in the camera. I tried to arrange another camera at the local television station. The only camera they had available, was an 1ccd home video camera, which I already brought myself. In the end, an air compressor combined with the 95% alcohol did the job and we could continue the shooting.

After more than 3 weeks translating (of sometimes 14 hours a day) I was exhausted. José Luis (in the picture) was the best translator out of seven that I had worked with. The first translators we worked with actually didn’t speak good Quechua. But because they wanted to make some money, they just created their own story and made something up. We had more than 22 hours to translate. Most of it was a ‘drunk- coca leaves- spanish- quechua mix’. Even Pedro (Gavino’s son) sometimes could not understand what his drunk father was saying.

This is in the third hostel “Maria Victorie”. The longest I stayed in “Compania de Jesus”, but after a while I tried to bypass the routine by just checking in other hostels. The last few days I even stayed in a hotel…. were my money got stolen.

This photo isn’t exaggerating. The last few weeks it was getting colder and colder. Etienne and I had to sleep with our clothes, socks and cap on.

Jackeline -one of the translators- used the Buen Gusto (95% pure alcohol) to warm up her place and we followed her example. With the door and windows closed it would get a little warmer, but there was also even less oxygen. At an altitude of 4200 meters, there is already 60% less oxygen in the air.
By burning alcohol in the room at night, it was indeed a bit warmer, but you’d really wake up with an headache in the morning.

GRITO de PIEDRA credits

60 minutes, November 2006

PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY
TON VAN ZANTVOORT

CINEMATOGRAPHY & EDITING BY
TON VAN ZANTVOORT

SOUND & FIRST ASSISTANT
TANJA PLASIL
ETIENNE VAN NULAND

MUSIC COMPOSED BY
NICO-JAN VAN DE KOOT

TRANSLATION BY
JOSÉ LUIS BURGOS GARCIA
JACKELIN GUITIERREZ
PEDRO MONTES
KOEN LANGEVELD
ETIENNE VAN NULAND
FLEUR HENKES

SUPPORT & ADVISE
WOUTER VERHOEVEN, GIEL VAN SCHAIJK
MARCEL MELCHERS, STIJN VAN EEKELEN
ANNEROSE LANGEVELD, MARIJKE DE BIE

SPECIAL THANKS TO
THE FAMILY MONTES
GAVINO, INES, JEMENA, PEDRO, ELIZED
EMILENE, DELIA, GENARO, SOLEDAD
SIRLEY, ARIEL & FELIX

MIGUEL SEVERINO & ALICIA
SIMON, SABINA & JAIME CHOQUE

THE GUIDES
EFRAIN MAMANI, ROLANDO COLQUE
PEDRO (BLANCO) MONTES, WILBER &
EDUARDO GARNICA

THE TOURISTS
MARIO CASTEXS, SAMUEL JAKOBSSON
CHRISTOFFER KREWER, SONJA KEFFER
ADRIAN McCORMICK, CARMEL WIGGINS

ALSO THANKS TO
RICARDO ARANSILIVIA, LA CASERO
VIVI CARVAJAL, RICHARD LADKANI
KATHERINE HOURELD, COMZINC SRL
MARGRET KAMPHUIS
&
FAM VAN ZANTVOORT, FAM LANGEVELD
MARIJN VAN KREIJ, BAS VAN GENUGTEN
SABRINA SANCHEZ, TOINE DE JONG
KURT COOIJMANS, RITA STOFMEEL
ARAM VOERMANS, FRANK VAN MOURIK
ILONA VAN DER REIJT, NGN PRODUKTIES
YVETTE SIERRA PRAELI, FLEUR HENKES
ANNEROSE LANGEVELD AND EVERYBODY
THAT MADE THIS FILM POSSIBLE

FINANCIAL SUPPORT BY
FONDS BKVB
THUISKOPIE FONDS
NBKS

ISAN 0000-0003-DFF3-0000-D-0000-0000-Z

GRITO de PIEDRA screenings

ChannelDayDateTimeAdditional
 VPRO Sunday 04-03-2018 21:01 NPO Cultura
 VPRO Tuesday 06-03-2018 17:55 NPO Cultura
 VPRO Wednesday 07-03-2018 14:01 NPO Cultura
 VPRO Friday 09-03-2018 14:21 NPO Cultura
NPO DocSaturday07-02-’15 17:11
NPO DocSunday08-02-’1505:43
NPO DocTuesday10-02-’1517:17
NPO DocWednesday11-02-’1521:23
NPO DocThursday12-02-’1516:13
NPO DocFriday13-02-’1506:31
Previous  screenings
IDFA- Documentary Festival AmsterdamWorld Premiere IDFA
City 2
Calypso
City 4
City 3

Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Holland
Sat
Tues
Wed
Fri

Nov 25
Nov 28
Nov 29
Dec 01

17.00
14.00
20.30
20.15
ecofilm & video art festivalEcofilms festival RhodosGreeceWed Jun 20 17:20
Festival de los derechos humanos Festival de Cine y video
de los derechos humanos
Sucre/
Potosi
BoliviaMonJuly 30
Aug 29
19:00
NFF - Nederlands Film FestivalNetherlands Film Festival
Hoogt 2
Hoogt 3
Hoogt 3
Louis Hartlooper Complex 4
UtrechtThe NetherlandsThur
Fri
Sun
Mon
Sep 27
Sep 28
Sep 30
Oct 01
16:00
18:00
22:15
11:45
DOCSDFFestival International
de Cine Documental
Mexico MexicoSatSept 29
MEDIMEDMedimed market SitgesSpainSatOct 12
Astra filmAstra film Sibiu RomaniaOct 22-28
Margaret Mead Film & Video FetsivalMargaret Mead Film &
Video Festival
New York U.S.A.Nov 10 16:15
groene engel logoGroene Engel Film FestivalOssThe NetherlandsSun

Mon

Tue

July 19

July 20

July 21

20.45

20.30

21.45

Paru- Film Festival - GRITO de PIEDRAPärnu International
Documentary & Anthropology
Film Festival 2009
PärnuEstoniaJuly 5-

July 26

Etnia Film Festival-Turku-FinlandEFF2009 – Etnia

Film Festival 2009

TurkuFinlandOctober 8-

October 11

FilmfoyerTilburgThe Netherlands
Tues
April 10 19.45
Plaza Futura EindhovenPlaza Futura EindhovenThe NetherlandsThurs April 19 21.15
Verkade fabriekVerkadefabriek Den BoschThe NetherlandsWed April 25 19.45
Filtheater FanfareFilmtheater Fanfare OudenboschThe NetherlandsThursApril 26 20.15
Chassé Theater BredaChassé Cinema BredaThe NetherlandsSun May 6 16.30
Tac - EindhovenTACEindhovenThe NetherlandsFriMay 11 20.00
Electron BredaElectron BredaThe NetherlandsFriMay 25 20.30
Film Foyer TilburgFilmfoyerTilburgThe NetherlandsTues
May 29 19.45
Rechten faculteit Leiden The NetherlandsThurfeb 7 16:30
Mathers Museum of
World Cultures
Bloomington, Indiana USA March
21- 30
Savoy Theater,
Green Mountain Film Festival
Montpelier, Vermont USAMarch 24-30
South Florida Museum
Bradenton, Florida USAMarch 4-
April 1
Dutchess Community CollegePoughkeepsie,
New York
USAFeb 21-April 25
Field Museum
Chicago,
Illinois
USASept 28

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