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Jorge Prelorán Collection Filmography


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From Casabindo, ca.1977Jorge Prelorán is best known for his intimate approach to ethnographic film, a style known as “ethnobiography."  In films such as Hermógenes Cayo (Imaginero)(1970), Cochengo Miranda (1974), and Los Hijos de Zerda (Zerda’s Children)(1974), Prelorán’s protagonists tell their personal stories while also revealing their communities and cultures. His 1989 film, Zulay Frente al Siglo XXI (Zulay Facing the 21st Century), was considered ground-breaking for its nuanced discussion of immigration and culture change and for its self-reflexive nature (the film was co-directed by Prelorán’s wife, Mabel Prelorán, and the subject, Zulay Saravino). 

Prelorán’s inexhaustible creative energy led him to explore filmmaking in other genres.  He made several short experimental films and one feature-length fiction film, Mi Tia Nora (My Aunt Nora) (1983).

Prelorán produced and directed more than sixty films and left his mark as director of photography or editor of many others.  He collaborated with a wide variety of anthropologists, writers, musicians, artists, filmmakers and others, both in Latin America and the United States.

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