Eyes Wide Open - Exploring Today's South America
After centuries of economic exploitation and pillaging of natural resources in South America, there has been a historic change due to new political leadership in several countries. The Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano and filmmaker Gonzalo Arijón take us on a poetic and political journey through the continent, where we meet men and women who, in their everyday struggles, have shaped the new direction in each country.
Gonzalo Arijón was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1956, but has been living in France since 1979. The last twenty years he has made several documentaries, including FOR THESE EYES (1998) and LULA’S BRAZIL: MANAGING A DREAM (2005). In 2007 Arijón received the Joris Ivens Award for the film STRANDED at the documentary film festival in Amsterdam. In EYES WIDE OPEN – EXPLORING TODAY’S SOUTH AMERICA the director asks if the new leaders across the continent can satisfy the people’s hunger for change.