Publication date:19 December 2018
A Trail of Fire for Political Cinema is an edited collection that closely analyses La hora de los hornos (The Hour of the Furnaces) (Getino and Solanas, 1968) within the context of 1960s Argentina and the socio-political landscape of the time. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the film’s premiere. As the film is re-examined with the hindsight of 50 years, attention is also paid to the corpus of political documentaries made between 1968 to 1976, the latter of which also marked the last coup d’état in Argentina, to emphasize formal and thematic trends in relation to the social context. In order to highlight The Hour of the Furnaces’ contemporary relevance as a form of politically engaged activism, the book will also look at Fernando Solanas’ documentary output in the twenty-first century.