Absence of Me /
Absence of Me
Alfredo Zitarrosa was exiled four times and forced to dream of his homeland, Uruguay, from afar. As a singer-songwriter and political activist, he became a symbol of resistance against dictatorship, and when he finally returned home, he was embraced and celebrated by the masses. 25 years after his death, Zitarrosa’s family members are donating his belongings to the National Archive. As they sort through the photographs, recordings, notes, and journals, they reexamine the violent political turmoil that shook both Uruguay and Zitarrosa’s places of exile: Argentina, Brazil, and Spain. The film flows from past to present, from the personal to the political, from interviews with Zitarrosa—who was fully aware of his public standing—to amusing home videos. Beautiful and thought-provoking, these connections manage to touch upon events that happened in other times and other places.