Chilean native, Vee Bravo, may call New York home now, but his heart is clearly still with his beloved country of birth. Bravo has documented hip hop, youth culture and politics for the past 25 years much of which was done during his time as the Co-Founder of Stress Magazine.
He’s been credited near and far for launching a series of music, media and film production initiatives across public schools, jails and prisons as well.
However, as a filmmaker, Bravo co-produced, along with Loira Limbal, the PBS documentary Estilo Hip Hop (2009) which chronicles the rise of Hip Hop activism across Latin America.
He also worked as a social impact film producer. Through this action he was able to contribute to a wide range of film and other media impact organizations.
His latest endeavor, Primera, chronicles the activities of October 18, 2019 when a student uprising was triggered in Santiago, Chile over the Chilean government’s increase in their metro transportation fares.
The uprising went on to generate a much more powerful resistance from Chile’s working class. Thus spurring student protesters, activists, street artists, and community leaders to take to the streets to fight against class discrimination and the still-palpable remnants of laws harkening back to Pinochet’s dictatorship.
The film regales the tales of Chilean citizens who were angered into action as the country awakened and reacted to the unrelenting abuse of power. The neoliberalist government gained a mistrust within the political class which only continued to intensify.
It is because of this that the film follows Angy and Felipe. The two are parents who embrace their new roles as activists and enlisted in the ever expanding movement that was fighting for a new Constitution and a just society.
You can check out Primera during the Tribeca Film Festival starting Saturday, June 12, 2021. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.
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