In 1982, a conflict broke out between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas): a small archipelago in the Atlantic that is a British overseas territory and that is also claimed by Argentina. Lasting two months, the conflict claimed the lives of nearly 1,000 victims. It was supposed to symbolize the determination and strength of both the warring parties. Thirty-five years later, Argentinian artist and performer Lola Arias brought together six veterans of the war from both sides of the conflict. The former enemies meet one another and, in the laboratory of a cinematic—or rather theatrical—a fiction, work through the trauma of the past. The director gives them the time, space and tools they need: the scenes, images and experiences that constantly keep coming back to the former soldiers are expressed, reconstructed, played out and disarmed. In an extremely focused, polished form, Arias’s documentary leads to catharsis and at the same time suggests powerlessness in the face of trauma. Theatre of War is part of a larger project that also includes ta play, an installation and a book.
Born in 1983, Lola Arias is an Argentinian artist, performer, theater and film director, writer and the creator of numerous artistic projects of a clearly social nature. Her work in theater and film usually blends documentary and fiction. She has also authored a number of plays, novels and volumes of poetry.
2018 Teatr wojny / Teatro de guerra / Theatre of War