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The fraternity of the desert

Sitting face to face in San Martino’s house in Vignale, Italy, the Uruguayan philosopher Julio Saquero (70 years old) and the Italian priest Arturo Paoli (100 years old) edit again the debate held 40 years ago in the desert of the Argentine province of La Rioja: whether to take the Gospel to the political and even revolutionary action.
That was the debate that had gone on in the religious brotherhood both used to belong to: Charles de Foucauld’s Little Brothers, a group of working priests and lay religious people that lived and were politically active in Argentina between 1959 and 1977, when the street cleaner priest Mauricio Silva was kidnapped and disappeared.
The fraternity of the desert takes the dialogue between Julio and Arturo as the starting point to go into the experience of the Brothers in the desert of Suriyaco, in La Rioja, a desolate landscape suggested by the then bishop Enrique Angelelli, a friend of the order murdered in 1976, to do the novitiate there.
At that place, between 1971 and 1974, the Little Brothers used to meditate and debate about how to react against the agitated reality the country was going through. Some of them, such as priests Mauricio Silva, Pablo Gazzarri and Carlos Bustos, were kidnapped and disappeared. Others devoted their lives to denouncing the violations of human rights registered in our country.

  • Iair Kon
  • Iair Kon
  • Juan Cruz Sáenz
  • Ana Laura Pace
  • Julio Saquero
    Key Cast
  • Arturo Paoli
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    La fraternidad del desierto
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    Human Rights, Politics, Religion, History
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 18 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 30, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
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    Argentina, France, Italy, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
  • Language:
    French, Italian, Spanish
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Director Biography - Iair Kon

He directed and wrote many documentaries for main international TV chains (Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic, etc.). He directs and develops journalistic documentaries in Untrefmedia (www.untrefmedia.com), is professor of the Master of Documentary Journalism and thesis adviser of the Master of Creative Writing at the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF). He’s also professor at the Annual Workshop of Journalism at the University of Buenos Aires's Social Communication Sciences degree.
He was editor in chief of the international section of Buenos Aires Economico newspaper in Argentina, editor in chief of Reuters’s news agency online service in Buenos Aires, reporter at the French news agency AFP in Paris, where he was also Spanish correspondent for the German Agency Deutsche Presse Argentur (DPA).
He has a degree in Social Communication Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, a Master of Literature at the University of Paris VIII and a Master of Creative Writing at Untref.

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