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Más allá del mall (Beyond the Mall)
Miguel Alvear
Ecuador 2010

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Abstract: Is filmmaking possible in a country like Ecuador? Is there an audience for Latin American movies? These are some of the questions posed by an Ecuadorian filmmaker whose latest subsidized movie met with commercial failure. He embarks on a filmed quest to find answers to his questions and relief for his despair. He interviews film critics, the director of the national film archives and sundry passers-by… His research leads him to a giant contraband market in the port city of Guayaquil, where pirated movies from the world over are sold for a dollar.

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