Fernando Birri (1925-2017) was a puppeteer, writer, artist, director, cinema theorist and teacher. The intellectual from Santa Fe has made syncretism and eclecticism the trademarks of his art. After completing his studies in Italy in 1956, he went back to his birthplace Santa Fe where he founded the Instituto de Cinematografía, the first cinema academy of the country. With his work and academic activity Birri redefined the function of Cinema, transforming it into an educational instrument for the creation of a Latin-American social self-awareness. Birri has revolutionised South-American Cinema, to the extent that he has been named ‘Padre del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano’ (Father of the new Latin-American Cinema). This paper does not claim to be an exhaustive analysis of Birri’s work. It aims instead to offer an entry point to awake the interest about the first part of his production, in order to screw up some point for a future investigation.
Fernando Birri. Escuela de Santa Fe. Neorealism.