In the Jungle There Is Much to Do

LEO Youth Film Club online
12.02.21 – 21.03.21

Join us for a new edition of our LEO Youth Film Club online, to be published on February 12th! In the Jungle There Is Much to Do (1974) is a beautifully animated film based on real political events.

This screening is organized in collaboration with Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and in connection with their exhibition Actions of Art and Solidarity at Kunstnernes Hus.

“In order for everyone to have a nest, they all need to lend a hand.”

About the film

The film tells the story of different forest animals who thrive by working together and taking care of each other. Together they want to make the jungle they live in a better place for everyone. One day, a hunter comes, captures the animals and takes them back to the city to lock them up in a zoo. Life is sad in the zoo, but the animals do not give up. They make a plan to get home with the help of a young collaborator on the outside.

The simple but beautiful animation is drawn from writer Mauricio Gatti’s own story of political imprisonment in Uruguay in the early 1970s. At that time, Gatti sent drawings to his daughter Paula to explain to her the situation he was in in a language that a three-year-old could understand. Later, these drawings were published as the children’s book "En la selva hay mucho por hacer" (“In the Jungle There Is Much to Do”). In 1974, Alfredo Exhaniz, Gabriel Peluffo and Walter Tournier turned the book into the animated film we see today. They operated under the name Grupo Experimental de Cine (Experimental Cinema Group), in order to avoid persecution by the military dictatorship.

The film was only screened two times before it was banned by the regime. It resurfaced years later in exile.

Actions of Art and Solidarity

This edition of LEO Filmklubb is organized in collaboration with the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) on the occasion of OCA's exhibition Actions of Art and Solidarity, on display at Kunstnernes Hus through 21 March 2021 (temporarily closed following public coronavirus regulations). The film, itself a solidarity document produced within the context of dramatic political upheaval in Latin America in the 1970s, is a good companion to many of the works in the show.

OCA and Kunstnernes Hus thank curator María Berríos for introducing us to the film, and the film's authors and Cinemateca Uruguaya for permissions to show the film.

Picture above: Mauricio Gatti, En la selva hay mucho por hacer, book (detail), 1977

Title
In the Jungle There Is Much to Do (orig. En la selva hay mucho por hacer)
Filmmakers
Alfredo Exhaniz, Gabriel Peluffo and Walter Tournier (Grupo Experimental de Cine)
Year
1974
Duration
16:30 min
Language
Spanish with English subtitles