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Mamani in El Alto
The civil engineer and architect Freddy Mamani Silvestre became the founder of neo-Andean architecture. He has designed more than 60 building projects in the Bolivian city of El Alto since 2008, which mock the norms of a formulaic modern architecture shaped and enforced with global aspirations by the Bauhaus. Mamani comes from a humble background and belongs to the Aymara people. His self-taught architecture is a counter-utopia that grew out of local usages and opens up a view of preferences other than sparseness and global stylistic adherence. The film shows many of the “cholets” he built with their magnificent ballrooms in their urban setting.
Heinz Emigholz was born in Achim, Germany, in 1948. He trained as an illustrator and also studied Philosophy and Literature in Hamburg. He started filming in 1968, and since 1973, he has been working as a filmmaker, artist, writer and producer, both in his country and the US. He is a member of Berlin’s Academy of Arts since 2013.