Can non-romantic love be the weapon of revolution? Based on Soviet revolutionary A. Kollontai’s reflections on sexuality, emancipation, and family, this film draws on 20th-century feminist history and merges it with angry and tender scenes from the current Latin American transfeminist movement.
(Revolution, fulfil your promise) Red Love (2024) is the twin film of Amor Rojo (in progress) (2023). The sounds and visuals of the original footage of Amor Rojo have been completely re-edited and extensive new archival material has been added, aiming at pointedness, directness and radical political focus. Heavily leaning on Soviet revolutionary and sexual activist Alexandra Kollontai’s political pamphlets and personal diaries, the film traces a complex web of connections. Connections between XXth century European Marxist Feminism and XXIst century Latin American fourth wave of feminisms, between personal and collective grief, between a myriad ways of understanding what female might mean, and between the melancholic gaze of disenchantment and the furious and assertive demand that the Revolution finally fulfils her promise.
Director’s note: This film is the result of 8 years of research going from Moscow Engels-Marx-Lenin archives to multiple personal, familiar, historical and activist archives in Mexico and Latin America. It is a collective work made by a team of researchers and artists of different nationalities. It wants to inscribe itself in the urgency of the tradition of militant film while at the same time tracing careful historical genealogies and projecting into the future.
Protagonists Vivian Abenshushan, Valeria Angola, La Bruja de Texcoco, Gisela Castillo, Alaíde Castro, Paloma Contreras Lomas, Lilian Cuervo, Alicia Hopkins, Ana Victoria Jiménez, Carla Lamoyi, Liz Misterio, Vivian Olmos, Rina Ortiz, Olga Rodríguez Montemayor, Havi Sánchez, Valentina Sánchez Uzal AKA Venus, Gerardo Sansón Pérez & Ana Zambrano
Texts Alexandra Kollontai
Camera Vincent Pinckaers & Miriam Ortiz Guzmán
Camera assistance Artur Castro Freire & Fernanda Patricia Vazquez Alcántara
Additional camera Gisela Castillo & & Esthel Vogrig
Sound Laszlo Umbreit
Soundtrack Jan Mech
Editing Simon Arazi & Dora García
Music La Bruja de Texcoco, Krõõt Juurak & Susanna Wallumrød
Produced by Auguste Orts & Dora García
With support from Norwegian Artistic Research Program – Diku, Le Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Arts, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Arts Council Norway – The Audio and Visual Fund, KUF grant – Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Fotogalleriet Oslo, Netwerk Aalst, Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, Garage Field Research – Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Moscow, On & For Production and Distribution, FICUNAM, Intersección Lab, FID Marseille & Rose Art Museum