Interview - Carlos Ruiz Carmona
Interview with Carlos Ruiz Carmona (Director)
How did you come up with the idea of the documentary?
On the other hand, for Portrait represents a psychosocial and emotional analysis of being a man and a woman in the dictatorship times, in a time of oppression, resignation, poverty and silent. It's a portrait of a generation whose life choices were severely limited by their lowly status and lack of education.
Why to do a portrait of that generation with your parents and not with others?
Why black and white?
The narrative aims to create a temporary dream where the present and the past are based on still time. It's a self-reflective space where my parents and I can discuss, remember and think about our lives.
A memorable moment in the film is when your mother says "I've never been happy", is that true? How did you react to such statement?
The narrative also presents other reasons: my mother did not have parents, she lived eight years with her grandparents and then went to live and work for families with a privileged social and economic situation. Through her adolescence she worked tirelessly for twelve hours a day in exchange for food and a bed to sleep. As my mother says, she feels she had no childhood. She had no time to play as a child, or to study and learn during her adolescence or even to naturally grow emotionally. Like many others, she's the result from exploitation and injustice that emerges of being poor and illiterate women.
Regarding to how I personally feel about that statement, I'm obviously frustrated. I wish I could have had the opportunity to provide my parents, and in this case my mother.
Are you working on any filming project at the moment?
On the other hand, I have two documentary projects that are candidates for funding through European programs. These projects are dedicated to a historical analysis of the dictatorship and its relationship with democracy and the process of globalization.