(13 minutes) Peru/Spain
Director: Marcelo Bukin
The cruel reality of the children living on the streets of Lima, Peru and struggling to survive by means of begging, consuming drugs, and stealing is brutally depicted in this short but powerful film. While shooting the documentary amidst fights, police raids and disputes, the film crew itself fell victim to the physical abuse of Limaís violent gangs.
Marcelo Bukin was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and graduated with honors from the Centre díEstudis Cinematografics de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain where he studied film direction. Marcelo has explored and filmed the every-day lives of people of many cultures in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. After making various short films in Spain, he was the production manager of The Children of Nepal, which won the 2004 Goya Award (Spanish version of the Oscar) for best documentary short film. In 2003, he directed Children's Stories, a documentary film project in Peru and Guatemala, which won the Audience Award at the FICDH 1st International Human Rights Film Festival in Spain. In 2005-6 he directed a series of documentaries including Bread, Angel's Fire and Lima's Streets that are receiving awards and being screened at festivals worldwide such as Edinburgh, Montreal, ArtFilm, Media That Matters and DocNZ among others. Marcelo is currently developing a documentary feature film about the socio-economical crisis of his home country, Argentina, meanwhile directing, producing, and acting in television commercials and independent projects.
Marcelo Bukin, Director
Barcelona and Madrid, Spain
©2006 United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)