Drawing from Memory

person holding colored sketched image

Vicente Cueto
2017 | 12 minutes
Country of Production: USA
Country Featured: Peru
Director in Attendance

Between 1980 and 2000, a war between the Peruvian government and a terrorist organization called the Shining Path left 70,000 dead and 15,000 missing. These crimes have gone mostly unpunished, and in recent years the families of victims have continued to demand justice and fight indifference. Filmmaker Vicente Cueto teams up with the Peruvian forensic anthropology institute EPAF to provide loved ones with diagrams of the human body, encouraging them to draw commemorative portraits from memory.

This screening is part of the Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, and anthropologist Dr. Faye Ginsburg and documentary instructor Dr. Pegi Vail of the New York University Center for Media, Culture and History.

Activate: My Perspective

“The main purpose of Drawing From Memory is to generate knowledge and make more visible (within Peru and internationally) a violent case of recent Peruvian history. On a broader level, I would like to reflect about different ways of narrating and creating memory of violent and traumatic events. Can art have a therapeutic role and help heal victims of severe trauma? Can art move people to be more politically engaged?”

—  Vicente Cueto | Director, Drawing From Memory