Videoteca DocsDF: reaprender a mirar

La mirada no se detiene. La contemplación se encuentra lejos de la agenda del día. Un segundo de atraso implica la fuga de la información del momento. Los tiempos no están para demoras. Si se quiere estar al ritmo de las nuevas tecnologías los ojos deben saltar de link en link, correr de un mensaje de texto a un video en el ordenador, girar de un programa de televisión a una aplicación para descargar música… en definitiva, los ojos deben aprender a volar (volar para luego estrellarse en la vorágine de la modernidad, del vacío).

Cierta vez, refiriéndose al sinfín de imágenes cinematográficas (aquellas cuyo último objetivo es el de estallar en artificio) provenientes de la industria del entretenimiento, el cineasta alemán Andreas Dresen mencionó: “Hay que volver aprender a mirar, aprender a escuchar”. ¡Vaya sentencia para una temporalidad velocista! Reaprender conlleva a un desperdicio del tiempo; por lo tanto, es un freno de mano para la hipervelocidad del presente. ¡La idea no tiene cabida en este punto de la historia!

Un momento; sólo por indagar, si tomáramos como válidas las palabras de Dresen, ¿cuál sería el lugar idóneo para reaprender a mirar?, ¿en qué sitio la mirada podría detenerse, respirar, tomarse su tiempo para observar la complejidad (bella, absurda, dolorosa…) de la vida? Las opciones son diversas.

La mirada puede descansar en un libro. La mirada puede descansar en un poema. La mirada puede descansar en una fotografía. La mirada puede descansar en una pintura. La mirada puede descansar en un paisaje. La mirada puede descansar en el contorno infinito de una mujer. La mirada puede descansar… en muchos otros lugares, pero sólo puede descansar, y a la vez reaprender su función vital, en el documental.

¿Qué es el documental? Es la posibilidad interminable del cine; el camino en donde se reflejan espejos que se rompen; el abrazo entre un punto de vista y un hecho palpable; es, como dice el filósofo y realizador francés François Niney, la investigación poética del mundo real. También es el recoveco en un departamento de lujo (sofisticado y con tecnología de punta), en donde se observa a la vida pasar.

¡Ea!, ¡los documentales molan!, pero, ¿en dónde se consiguen, en qué sitios pueden verse? (favor de evitar la respuesta: en la televisión de paga, en el canal de Nationa… es una opción, pero no la única ni la más vasta en matices). Los documentales pueden ser vistos en universidades, en festivales de cine, en videotecas, en salas cinematográficas independientes, en internet (¿por qué no?), en ciertos complejos cinematográficos y en centros culturales. En la Ciudad de México, un espacio joven para extender la mirada y para limpiarla de las inclemencias del mundo moderno, se encuentra en la calle República de Cuba número 43, en el Centro Histórico. Su nombre: Videoteca DocsDF.

La propuesta realizada por el Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de la Ciudad de México (DocsDF), le pregunta directamente a nuestros ojos: ¿quieren mirar a la existencia, sin prisa, sin excesos? Si la respuesta es afirmativa, el coordinador de la videoteca, Marco Antonio González Galván, nos proporcionará (a los propietarios de los ojos) una diadema con audífonos; después nos dirigirá a la estación de visionado en donde el cine documental transforma a la oscuridad en una noche fílmica repleta de luz.

El trato amable de Marco coloca a los visitantes de la Videoteca DocsDF en un espacio cómodo. De esa forma, la experiencia documental se hace más placentera. El acervo de la videoteca cuenta con aproximadamente 5 mil películas provenientes de más de 165 países. Esa cifra implica más caminos para la mirada; más historias para reconocerse en distintas pieles, en distintas calles, en distintas manos.

La temática de los documentales que habitan el primer piso de República de Cuba 43, de acuerdo con Marco, recorre la etnografía, los derechos humanos, las luchas sociales, la niñez, la pobreza, la música, el arte, la cultura, el medio ambiente, la religión y la historia (por mencionar algunos). Dichos temas aguardan la mirada de estudiantes, cineastas, investigadores, curiosos y en general, de toda clase de personas que apetezcan conocer los ascensos y caídas de la realidad. “Por desgracia, tenemos pocos documentales para niños, pero esperamos que muy pronto contemos con más trabajos para ellos”, declara Marco.

Desde el 17 de abril del año en curso, la Videoteca DocsDF abrió sus puertas al público. “La respuesta de la gente ha sido buena, sin embargo, esperamos que a partir del 8 de noviembre, fecha en que arranca el festival, más personas se enteren de la videoteca. Esperamos tener casa llena todos los días”, menciona Marco enfatizando su emoción con una sonrisa.

Retomemos el planteamiento inicial y sumemos.

Las palabras de Dresen hacen cerrar nuestros ojos para después volver a abrirlos; si se abren dentro de las instalaciones de la Videoteca DocsDF, seguramente nuestra mirada se llenará de la canción alegre de hombres nostálgicos que beben pulque; de la sonrisa inocente de una niña que vive en una zona de miseria, la misma en donde Buñuel filmó Los olvidados; del aroma del ritual del peyote; de la nieve que hiere la lucha de un grupo de jóvenes que intentan sobrevivir a la montaña… así, nuestra mirada se volverá un álbum de imágenes documentales; renacerá para reaprender su función vital; se purificará. Al final de la jornada deberá aprender a volar (no como conexión de internet, no como comunicación satelital); se transformará en cóndor que cruza el cielo, que aprecia a las nubes, que se conmueve con su movimiento.

Sí, nuestros ojos volverán aprender a mirar.

RMM / CARO / @Lavidaescine

Marco Antonio González Galván, coordinador Videoteca DocsDF

Fotografía por Carlos Alberto Rivera Olmos

 

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Videoteca DocsDF / Consulta gratuita

Lunes a viernes, 10:00 – 18:00 hrs.

Tels. 5510 36 89 y 5510 4814

www.docsdf.org

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