- 23 May 2016
Minefield is a project that reunites Argentine and British veterans from the Falklands/Malvinas war to explore what is left of it in their heads 34 years later. Can art become a medium for reliving the past? Can it bring things we consider lost in the depths of memory back to the forefront of our minds?
In a film set turned into a time machine the ones who fought are teleported into the past to reconstruct their war and aftermath memories. Lou Armour was on the cover of every newspaper when the Argentines took him prisoner on April 2nd and is now a special needs teacher. Rubén Otero survived the sinking of ARA General Belgrano and has now a Beatles tribute band. David Jackson spent his time at war listening and transcribing radio codes and now listens to other veterans in his psychology practice. Gabriel Sagastume was a soldier who never wanted to shoot and is now a criminal attorney. Sukrim Rai was a Ghurka who knew how to use his knife and works currently as a security guard. Marcelo Vallejo was an aimer for mortar and is now a triathlon champion. The only thing they have in common is that they are veterans. But what is a veteran; a survivor, a hero, a madman? The project confronts different visions of war bringing together old enemies to tell one single story.
Minefield looks into the marks left by war, the relationship between experience and fiction and the thousand ways of representing memory.
In Spanish with Greek surtitles
- 23 May 2016
Written and directed by Lola Arias
With Lou Armour, David Jackson, Gabriel Sagastume, Ruben Otero, Sukrim Rai, Marcelo Vallejo
Research & Production Sofia Medici, Luz Algranti
Set Mariana Tirantte
Music Ulises Conti
Light David Seldes
Video Martin Borini
Sound Roberto Pellegrino
Costumes Andrea Piffer
Assistant Erika Teichert
Production Assistant Imanol López
UK research assistant Kate O’Connor
A LIFT co-commission with Royal Court Theatre, Brighton Festival, Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Le Quai Angers, Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm and hTh CDN Montpellier.
Co-producer by LIFT.
Surtitles translated from the Spanish: Maria Hatziemmanouil