Nicaragua in the ‘80s:
Two Video Documentaries by Julia Lesage
Julia Lesage in person!
Presented by White Light Cinema &
Hopscotch Cinema


Saturday, April 12th at 7:30pm, $7-10

White Light Cinema, along with Hopscotch Cinema and The Nightingale, are pleased to present two little-seen video documentaries, about the lives of women in Nicaragua in the 1980s after the Sandinista revolution, by videomaker, professor, author, and Jump Cut magazine co-founder and co-editor Julia Lesage. Lesage will be in person to introduce and discuss this important work that provides a snapshot of a troubled nation in a moment of optimism.

The Sandinista Revolution in 1979 and the years following were filmed by many solidarity workers traveling to and living in Nicaragua. However, after that period ended in 1990, much of the interest here in video about Nicaragua declined. Invited to teach video production to young artists in a workshop in the Sandinista labor union, Julia Lesage made three visits in 1981, 1984, and 1987, living there for months at a time. For her, it was an utopian moment, sharing young videomakers’ aspirations and dreams for a better life.  (JL)

Program Details:
(1986, 45 min, VHS, color, English and Spanish Versions)
In 1981 and 1982, Julia Lesage and Carole Isaacs visited Nicaragua and did in-depth audio interviews with women in the Managua area in the early years following the Sandinista revolution.  Here women speak with hope about work, sexual politics, religion, family life, children, social participation and defense. The tape integrates folk music, popular music, and murals to show people’s artistic expression of these issues. (JL)

(1986, 12 min, VHS, black and white, Spanish language with printed translation. Camera, Chuck Kleinhans. Image processing, editing, direction, Julia Lesage)
In September 1984, Julia Lesage and Chuck Kleinhans visited Estelí, Nicaragua, where they shot extensive VHS footage of life in Sandinista Nicaragua. Here a group of Mothers of Heroes and Martyrs offer their collective memory of the last years of the Somoza regime and the role played by very young fighters in overthrowing the dictator.

The footage was processed using the Sandin Image Processor and edited in 3/4″ video. (JL)

Julia Lesage learned videomaking in Chicago through the Center for New Television. Later she moved to the University of Oregon, where she taught video production, screenwriting, and film theory and criticism.  She is also co-editor and co-founder of Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, now an online publication.

Admission: $7.00-10.00 sliding scale

Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, film, video