The Revolution of Affection

The Revolution of Affection is an autobiographical video-correspondence between Isaac Ernesto and Adriana Ciudad that intertwines their unusual childhoods with dark family secrets. By reflecting on their maternal bonds, they unravel an intimate history of convicted guerillas in Peru and optimistic Nazis.

  • Adriana Ciudad
  • Isaac Ernesto
  • Adriana Ciudad
  • Isaac Ernesto
  • Adriana Ciudad
  • Isaac Ernesto
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    La revolución del afecto
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    47 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Colombia, Peru
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital and 8mm
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    June 1, 2022
    Peruvian Online Premiere
    Itinerant Selection
    June 17, 2022
    Peruvian Premiere in Cajamarca town
    Venas Fílmicas Latinoamericanas
Distribution Information
  • Independent Film
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Adriana Ciudad, Isaac Ernesto

Adriana Ciudad (Lima, Peru 1980) is a German-Peruvian artist based in Bogotá since 2014. She studied at the UdK – Universität der Künste in Berlin, where she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in 2008. By delving into my own emotional and psychological life, I invite viewers to meditate on themes such as grief, maternity, and rituals. She uses painting, drawing, sound, video, poems and/or installation, depending of the project, to explore these issues via poetic and affective languages.
Her work has been exhibited at BIENALSUR (Buenos Aires), Tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam), Crisis Gallery (Lima), La Tertulia Museum (Cali), La Casa del Lago (Mexico City), NC-arte (Bogotá), Y Gallery (New York), SACO (Antofagasta), among others.

Isaac Ernesto (Lima, Peru-1992) is an experimental artist and researcher. Through the use of various contemporary languages and aesthetics, he carries out autobiographical and testimonial explorations that seek to be reflective exercises on the stories that build us as social subjects within the Peruvian nation. These exercises in the first person open questions about our social, collective and political heritage in a post-conflict armed context; where the stigma for being the son of subversive militants is a reason to be viewed with suspicion or to be excluded from the conversation about the construction of the national history. His work has been exhibited in various countries. He has four individual exhibitions and various participations in film and contemporary art festivals and biennials.

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Director Statement

On the last night of a week-long artist’s residency in Peru, Adriana Ciudad and Isaac Ernesto began a conversation—as two complete strangers—in which they shared intimate and sometimes troubling stories about their mothers. When the night brought the conversation to an end they agreed to continue the conversation via a video correspondence to explore the uncomfortable truths of their personal and family origins. This correspondence ultimately resulted in a four-letter confessional essay—called The Revolution of Affection—that reflects on the hardships of growing up during the Peruvian revolutionary uprising of the 1980s, on mourning a breathing mother, and on facing the dark historical implications that come with being the child of a so-called terrorist and the granddaughter of an optimistic Nazi.