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El Tren Popular de la Cultura is a film documentary which tells the story of an initiative of the government of Salvador Allende, President of Chile from 1970 to 1973, the objective of which was to bring culture closer to those who had no access to it. The People’s Train of Culture was part of the 40th measure of Allende’s programme of government which aimed to create a National Institute of Arts and Culture and colleges of art in all the country’s provinces.

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The story of the Train looks to establish links with some aspects of the educational and cultural initiatives of Spain’s Second Republic, such as the Pedagogic Missions, the Theatre of the People, the Theatre of La Barraca, or with other previous experiences such as the agitprop trains of the Russian Revolution.

In Chile in February 1971, sixty artists travelled by train more than 1,000 kilometres south of the capital, bringing different artistic disciplines to people who had no access to forms of cultural representation. Forming a caravan of poets, folklorists, singers, comics, actors and actresses and even mimes, they performed day after day before the expectant eyes of the peasants of Linares or Chillán, the coal miners of Lota, indigenous Mapuche workers, or to the south of Puerto Montt.

Forty years on, there is a need to tell this almost forgotten story, for which there exists very little documentation. It is a story which involved not only artists but also journalists, sociologists, some politicians, officials, and ordinary people. All believed fervently that the Chilean road to socialism was an important vehicle for bringing culture to the least favoured sectors of society.

The chilean sociologist Tomás Moulián says that the government of Salvador Allende “was at the same time party, drama and defeat”. The majority of those who have referred to this experience, either via historical analysis or personal testimony, have placed emphasis on its drama and defeat, but almost never to its “party” aspect. This documentary aims to recover the enormous potential of the Unidad Popular’s cultural program.

Given similar episodes in Spain, Chile and Uruguay, the documentary also aims to portray different initiatives of cultural intervention and urban-rural outreach which took place in Spain and Latin America, promoted by governments which were subsequently overthrown, thereby consigning to near-oblivion these marvellous experiences in which the people themselves were protagonists.

WHY WE NEED YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS

Your contributions will go to covering the costs of editing and audio post-production of the documentary, which is what is required to complete its production. The filming of the documentary took place in January and July 2014 in Chile as well as in Spain and Argentina. The costs of filming, production and transportation were self-managed thanks to contributions in kind from several of the institutions involved in the project.

CALENDAR

Month of launch of campaign: September 2014.
Viewing and editing of the documentary materials: from October 2014 to February 2015.
Postproduction of sound and image: March and April 2015.
Premiere of documentary and delivery of rewards: approximately May 2015.

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Q&A(6)

  • hola, tengo que enviar los nombres de las personas para las entradas del estreno en Madrid. Quería saber si los envío por aquí mismo y también si hay algún problema en que vaya otra persona si alguna de las inscritas no puede finalmente ir gracias

    Made by elena sanchez

    No hay ningún problema, Elena. Envíame los nombres al mail por favor, gracias.

  • he recibido un cargo de meninas cartoneras, ¿ sois la misma persona?,es el mismo importe pero me ha extrañado. saludos

    Made by carmeliya

    Hola Carmeliya!! Si, efectivamente, Asociacion cultural Meninas Cartoneras, es el paraguas "corporativo" al que está acogido este proyecto. Nuevamente muchas gracias y en un plazo de 7 días nos pondremos en contacto contigo para pedirte tus datos exactos, saludos.

  • ¿Cómo se puede aportar desde Chile?

    Made by Carmen Gloria Ahumada

    Querida Carmen Gloria. La campaña por esta plataforma de crowdfunding cerró el pasado 21 de octubre, sin embargo, por favor, déjanos tu mail para buscar otras opciones de aportación desde Chile. Escríbemos por favor a carolina.reportera@gmail.com saludos!!

  • Estimada Reportera: me parece excelente la idea, pero me gustaría saber algo más, no sólo de los artistas participantes sino de los que conducían también ese tren ¿Alguien se ha preocupado de ello? ¿Estará alguno vivo? solo habría que acercarse donde

    Made by Lucy

    Hola Lucy, gracias por tu pregunta. El tren que condujo a los artistas era el tren presidencial que usaba el presidente Allende, por lo que el personal ferroviario que lo condujo era el habitual en sus giras. Nosotros en el rodaje no entrevistamos a todas las personas involucradas, solo contactamos con algunas, entre ellos, personal de la organización, algunos artistas y gente que vio pasar el tren...no era el objetivo entrevistas a todas las personas ni mucho menos (eran 60, de las cuales, un 20% lamentablemente ha fallecido) sí hay mucho trabajo de investigación detrás del rodaje que nos llevó finalmente a decantarnos por esos perfiles para entrevistados. Sí que te puedo decir que entre las personas que vieron pasar el tren y que nos cuentan su testimonio hay un jefe de estación, que nos habla del tema ferroviario en Chile y su importancia en aquellos años.

    un saludo y gracias por tu interés.

  • ¡Hola! Yo estoy en la misma situación que Javier. Vivo en Valencia, con lo que no llego a Madrid. Si se puede cambiar con el libro, ¿de qué cantidad tocaría aportar? Quiero decir, 30, 40, 50...? Gracias por el tema, ¡es súper interesante!

    Made by Laura

    Hola Laura!! si, podemos cambiarla por una aportación de 40 euros!! muchas gracias por tu interés y apoyo!!!VALENCIA es tierra de creadores y creadoras y las veces que hemos ido allí nos hemos sentido como en casa!!!gracias

  • Hola, Estaría interesado en el DVD y en el libro, pero no podré asistir al estreno en el Teatro del Barrio. ¿Os habéis planteado una nueva recompensa que sea el DVD y el libro sin las entradas? Gracias.

    Made by Javier

    Hola, gracias por tu pregunta, a la que tenemos dos opciones de respuesta: 1, se puede canjear por otro libro más, con otra dedicatoria por supuesto y/o guardar las entradas para otro pase en cines que los habrá. ¿Dónde estás? lo que pensamos es hacer una mini gira de presentaciones por España y Chile después de la premiere.

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The People’s Train of Culture

El tren popular de la cultura.

Raised €4,560
of €4,000
100% funded Conseguido!
Ensuring that culture reaches everyone has been a matter of urgency in various moments of history. The People’s Train of Culture of Salvador Allende was one such attempt, inspired by past experiences. We try to discover what moved these artists to take part in this adventure.
Lograr que la cultura llegue a todos ha sido una urgencia manifestada en distintos periodos de la historia. El Tren Popular de la Cultura de Salvador Allende fue uno de esos intentos inspirado en experiencias pasadas. Tratamos de descubrir lo que movió a estos artistas a participar en esta aventura.
Created in: Madrid

Thanks! This crowdfunding campaign ended on October 21, 2014.

 
  • Pledging €10
    15 PATRONS

    Watching the documentary on line
    + Appearances in the credits.

  • Pledging €20
    35 PATRONS

    A special DVD with documentary and five bonus track will only donors
    + Appearance on loans and cover this special DVD.

  • Pledging €30
    25 PATRONS

    Special DVD with documentary
    + Credits appearance
    + Auditorium and 2 tickets to the premiere of the film (In Chile- Spain).

  • Pledging €40
    3 PATRONS

    Special DVD with documentary credits appearance +Three innings in audience for the premiere of the film.

  • Pledging €50
    20 PATRONS

    Special DVD and special mention in the credits.
    +Four entries in stalls.
    +A copy of the handmade edition of "...Abrirán las grandes alamedas" the last words of Allende edited by Meninas Cartoneras.

  • Pledging €80
    3 PATRONS

    DVD special.
    +Mention in credits.
    +Stalls for six innings on opening day.
    + Two copies of craft book "Abrirán las grandes alamedas" (edited by Meninas Cartoneras) with the last words of Salvador Allende.
    + Free download from the website of the documentary , of all the songs from the movie (Songs of the Spanish Republic and the Unidad Popular).

  • Pledging €100
    6 PATRONS

    DVD special
    +Mention in credits
    +Four tickets in the stalls for the day of the premiere
    +Three copies of handmade book "Abrirán las grandes alamedas" (published by Meninas Cartoneras).
    + Free download of all songs of the film (Songs of the Republic and the Popular Unity).
    +A train ride between Santiago and Chillán (round trip) for two people, single journey railroad left in this country.

  • Pledging €200
    5 PATRONS

    DVD special
    +Mention in credits
    +Four tickets in the stalls for the day of the premiere
    +An edition of handmade book "Abrirán las grandes alamedas" (published by Meninas Cartoneras).
    + Free download of all songs of the film (Songs of the Spanish Republic and the Unidad Popular).
    +A train ride between Santiago and Chillán (round trip) for two people, single journey railroad left in this country.
    +Support for two to the Chilean concert singer Andrea Andreu, disciple and daughter Margot Loyola Ramon Andreu, one of the participants of Popular Culture Train.

Thanks! This crowdfunding campaign ended on October 21, 2014.

 

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Periodista, antropóloga, co autora del documental "La alegría de los otros" sobre la transición chilena (España-Chile, 2009); y realizadora del documental "La salida del laberinto" sobre la crisis... Read more
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