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23 February 2019

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 190th in our series of Saturday matinees today: Resistance Photographers.

It's a set of short pieces published by Eileen Vera on the work of Leo Álvarez, Helena Carpio, Roberto Mata, Christian Hernández and Andrés Kerese. The clips, all dealing with the resistance in Venezuela, were directed by Isa Santorsola and Edwin Corona Ramos.

Leo Álvarez: No picture is worth your life but visual silence is not an option.

Helena Carpio: The goal is to build bridges between people. A citizen armed with the truth is invincible.

Roberto Mata: Important photographs are the ones that make you feel like you were there, acting as the link between those who were there suffering and those who fortunately were not.

Christian Hernández: This must be done because it's the right thing to do. To put a face on this crisis.

Andrés Kerese: Among all this pain and repression, he wants to leave evidence there was something joyful.

Vera introduces each of the sets the same way:

In 2017, millions of Venezuelans started a big protest due to the inhumane conditions we have to endure and the economic crisis that has only worsen over the years. This protest lasted about four months. The repression perpetrated by the security forces commanded by the government left a balance of more than 429 political prisoners, more than 2,000 injured and about 121 deaths.

The repression and abuse of power we see in Venezuela today have overpowered any attempts to make a change: Human rights are violated daily and the media is censored and controlled by the government. This has caused social networks to become the way for every Venezuelan to denounce what is happening and the way to be informed.

This story pays tribute to all the people who spontaneously decided to become an informative window, not only for Venezuelans but for the international community and who day after day risk their lives to document the preposterous situation as well as letting the world know the truth about our country. Here, they give us their testimony.

They are all quick-moving, subtitled pieces, the video intercut with stills by the photographers who tell their own stories, each of them unique as they bear witness to history.

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