How to lose money making a Bolivian-Peruvian artisanal movie.

The course title could have been "How I transformed my economic capital into cultural capital by participating in the production of an artisanal Bolivian-Peruvian movie and became part of the Bolivian-Peruvian film history" but I find it too long for this offering.

The core of my experience can be transmitted to you in one hour and summarized reads like this: "In 2010, I traveled to La Paz Bolivia to watch how Leonidas Zegarra shot his artisanal feature film "María y los niños pobres" ("The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Impoversihed Children"). I participated as an actor, an assistant director, and in the direct sound team. Mr. Zegarra didn't have funds to edit his movie and I financed the editing in Lima, Peru, becoming a coeditor. After that, I lent him money to exhibit it in Puno and Juli (Peru), and La Paz (Bolivia). He didn't recover the investment."

I'm a firm believer in self-learning and I like to use open sources, which means that if you want to learn more about this experience by yourself, you can visit the following site:
There, you can watch the movie for free (it is in Spanish), additional videos recorded “behind the camera”, and you can examine 1564 images between photographs of the shooting and stills from the movie.

If you want to understand the cultural backgound a bit more and you know Spanish, you can read my papers on the subject. I presented them at the Main National University of San Marcos of Lima (established in 1553.):

Beyond the basic information already provided, if you want to understand the phenomenon better, we can develop the following topics related to the experience or you can read the information all by yourself:

1) Artisanal film production and Industrial Film Production.
- Doctrinal warfare, the Cold War, and Class Struggle.

Recommended Reading:
Annex “B” to the PSD-D33, June 29, 1953, by the Psychological Strategy Board:

The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters” by Frances Stonor Saunders.

“Hollywood and the U.S. Intelligence Community” by Jorge L. Villacorta (in fact, there isn’t an English translation. The article is written in Spanish and the title is: “Hollywood y la Comunidad de Espionaje Estadounidense”. It is here:

2) Leonidas Zegarra and the Peruvian film critics.
- Taste as social training.

Recommended reading: “Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste” by Pierre Bourdieu.

3) Directorial and artistic reputation
- “The awesome director” and "the great artist" are social constructions.

Recommended Reading: “Melodrama and Meaning: History, Culture and the Films of Douglas Sirk” by Barbara Klinger.

My Master's Thesis on the film director's reputations in Lima (if you know Spanish):

4) The movies made by Leonidas Zegarra
- Film style according to David Bordwell.
- Is Leonidas Zegarra a “parametric” filmmaker?

Recommended Reading:
“Rest and Make Yourself Rich” by Leonidas Zegarra (1989). This non published book is an autobiography and self-help book. Originally it was written in Spanish but it was translated into English. You can download it for free from (PDF format):

The explanation/conversation will be in English or Spanish if you want. Please, verify if you understand my English because I am not a native speaker. You can watch this videos to find out if you understand what I say: this one can be seen here, too:

You don’t need supplies but it is useful if you can use the internet while we are talking, so I can send you links to images or videos that may be important to illustrate a point. If this is not possible, it is not a problem. Your attitude settles the tone of the conversation.

Teacher's Bio: I got a Master’s degree in Social Communication from the Main National University of San Marcos of Lima (UNMSM). Underwent doctoral studies in History of Art in the same university and I’m writing the final draft of my thesis on the film style Leonidas Zegarra applies to his movie “María y los niños pobres” (The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Impoverished Children). I have taught the courses “Journalism and Disinformation” and “Thesis Workshop” at the Univervisidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (Lima, Peru) (2015-2016). At the UNMSM I taught a “Directing Actors Workshop” the second semester of 2017. This is the result of the evaluation required to teach at UNMSM (it was a contest): I am the designated curator of the Leonidas Zegarra Film Museum (Casa Museo Leonidas Zegarra) which is a work in progress. If you want to see a few activities I have been developing the last ten years you can visit:
Style of Offering : This would be a very informal online conversation on the topic. I like to ask questions and adapt my discourse depending on your verbal and non-verbal cues. You do not need to have special previous knowledge to understand the basic facts, but depending on your worldview, you can find the facts described outside the boundaries of your logic.
Max Number of Attendees: 1
Date and Time : Tuesday and Thursday. 10:00 PM PET (Peru Time) UTC-5 time zone
Signup Deadline: 48 Hours in Advance