Felipe Elgueta & Ananke Pereira
Chile | 2022 | 15 min
Language : Spanish
Subtitles : English, French
Opposite the imposing Andes stands Santiago de Chile, with its six million inhabitants, its clouds of pollution and its social housing high-rises stretching as far as the eye can see. During the lockdown, Felipe Elgueta and Ananké Pereira create a mosaic formed by moments from the daily life of immigrants living in cramped accommodation, the profile of a fragmented urban landscape.
Santiago, Chile. Facing the imposing Andes, a drone films a second concrete mountain range of huge high-rise flats, bustling with life and movement, both day and night. Chile has for many months been facing an unprecedented immigration crisis set against a background of xenophobia, and Felipe Elgueta and Ananke Pereira choose to take us on a visual journey into the world of those “others”. We take a return trip into the concrete beast, through a mosaic of destinies that instantly awaken the spectator's curiosity. The camera plunges us at breakneck speed into the fragmented intimacy of the immigrant inhabitants living on top of each other in cramped conditions, but also into the hyper-connected reality of lockdown. Sombra Vertical is a powerful documentary with a committed message: a singular, pertinent and personal work which relentlessly makes us face our role as observers, as we question our position when contemplating an often-invisible reality.