About

Uli Stelzner

Curriculum Vitae (es)

Author, producer and director of independent documentaries. During his teenage years he worked as a football player, he then became a garbage man (Germany), a primary school teacher and photographer (Bolivia). At university he studies pedagogy and visual communication. He is also the founder of the production company ISKA based in Berlin. His documentaries have won several international prizes and have been screened in theatres, on TV channels and through mobile cinemas in Latin America. He has conducted audiovisual projects, films and workshops in Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Germany and the US. In 2010, his film La isla opens the path to establish in Guatemala the Documentary and Human Rights Film Festival Muestra de Cine Internacional Memoria Verdad y Justicia, of which he is currently the director. He lives and works between Europe and America.

Autor, productor y director de cine independiente. Siendo jóven trabajó de futbolista y recolector de basura (Alemania), alfabetizador y profesor de primaria y fotógrafo (Bolivia). Realizó estudios de pedagogía y comunicación visual y es fundador de la productora ISKA con sede en Berlín. Sus documentales han ganado numerosos premios en festivales internacionales y han sido presentados tanto en circuitos de cine y TV, como también a través de la difusión masiva en América Latina a través del cine ambulante. Ha realizado proyectos audiovisuales, cine y talleres en Guatemala, Bolivia, Perú, Colombia, México y Alemania. En 2010, su película La isla abre el camino para la establecer en Guatemala el festival de cine y derechos humanos Muestra de Cine Internacional Memoria Verdad Justicia, la cual dirige hasta la actualidad. Vive y trabaja entre Europa y América.

His films have changed the way we look at the world and ourselves. His patient audiovisual questioning of reality, his ability to overcome censorship and his unique cinematic humanism make Uli Stelzner a both recognized and recognizable legitimate spokesperson of the collective conscience and memory of this turbulent corner that is Latin America. ArteNativas, Guatemala

News

23 Jun 2015

Entrevista / Deutsche Welle

Aquí estoy - Uli Stelzner, cineasta alemán

8 Jun 2015

Documentales Creativos en Sociedades de Posconflicto

Experiencias del taller de cine en Bogotá 2015

8 Jun 2015

Bogotá, Colombia

Uli Stelzner directed workshop "Creative documentaries in post-war societes"

12 May 2015

Ahora en línea

Siete cortos acerca de los derechos humanos en Guatemala

The Lumière brothers wanted cinema to make an early blood pact with reality after it was born. Then came Méliés, the father of cinema as a spectacle, who wanted to achieve something different through cinema. For a long time he seemed to had won that battle completely. However, one has to see a documentary like La isla to confirm that, fortunately, Méliés could not claim total victory. La Nación, Chile

Films

2015 Guatemala / Germany

InSight abogado

A transverse flute opens a curtain with its poetry and shows a lawyer in Guatemala.

2009 Germany / Guatemala

La Isla

At the end of the 20th century, in Guatemala army and police kill and abduct hundreds and thousands of people.

2006 Germany / Guatemala

Asalto al Sueño

Thousands of people leave their impoverished Central American countries to get into the USA.

Festival Guatemala

Muestra de Cine Internacional Memoria, Verdad y Justicia

Uli Stelzner founded the International Film Festival Memory, Truth and Justice in Guatemala. The Festival is an important cinematographic event for the entire Central American region and one of the most important human rights festivals in Latin America. It introduces the innovative concept of presenting high quality films combined with the participation of the population through open debates from all sectors of society. The festival presents a social, human and artistic form of cinema that promotes awareness and critical thinking in a country marked by violence, exclusion, racism, injustice and intolerance. This festival has grown steadily since 2010 and has hosted in its 5 editions over 45,000 people, including thousands of young people in the 15+ Movies section.

Uli Stelzner es fundador de la Muestra de Cine Internacional Memoria Verdad Justicia en Guatemala. La Muestra es un evento cinematográfico importante para toda la región centroamericana y uno de los festivales de derechos humanos de mayor relevancia en América Latina, por su concepto innovador de presentar cine de alta calidad combinado con la participación activa de la población a través de debates abiertos de todos los sectores de la sociedad. Un cine social, humano y artístico que fomenta la conciencia y el pensamiento crítico en una país marcado por la violencia, la exclusión, el racismo, la injusticia y la intolerancia. Desde 2010, este festival ha crecido constantemente y ha acogido en sus 5 ediciones más que 45, 000 espectadores, entre ellos miles de jóvenes en la sección Cine 15+.

Unlike the followers of Dziga Vertov, Uli Stelzner does not use fragments of reality that were taken directly with a high degree of spontaneity. His work presents a thoughtful form of cinema, meditatively prepared, strongly scrutinized and organized according to a drama reminiscent of Joris Ivens. But unlike the latter, who was described as a "militant artist", Stelzner is a serene activist of history, a polyphonic chronicler of reality. Catálogue Retrospective, Berlin 2011

Workshops

Andrej Tarkowski once: the passion of cinema is nothing more than the friction between the soul and the outside world. Why do I want to tell a story with pictures? What is my relationship with the world? What is my point of view, my gaze? How do I give structure and dramaturgy to my movie? To create different images and narratives from those used by traditional media requires a high degree of imagination and management of a set of skills and tools.

Uli Stelzner, a self-taught filmmaker, shares through his movies, workshops, meetings and seminars a wide range of experiences, knowledge, limits and wonders of the documentary film with those who are eager to learn from experience and wish to develop their own projects.

Lo que llaman la pasión del cine, es nada más que el roce entre el alma y el mundo exterior, nos dice Andrej Tarkowski. Porque quiero contar una historia con imágenes? Cual es mi relación con el mundo? Cual es mi punto de vista, mi mirada? Como le doy estructura y dramaturgia a mi película? Crear imágenes y narrativas diferentes de las que usan los medios de comunicación tradicionales, requiere de su autor/a un alto grado de imaginación y el manejo de un conjunto de habilidades y herramientas.

Uli Stelzner, cineasta casi autodidácta, comparte a través de sus películas en talleres/encuentros/seminarios experiencias, conocimientos, límites y maravillas del documentalismo con aquellos que están con ganas de aprender de la práctica y desarrollar sus propios proyectos.

Experiencias del taller de cine en Bogotá 2015

Contact

Uli Stelzner
Kohlfurter Str. 40
D-10999 Berlin
Germany

mobile: +49.170-2913715
e-mail: info at ulistelzner com


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