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Alejandro Hidalgo, Director of The House at the End of Time, Responds to Our Questions, A NYIHA MEDIA Exclusive 24 September 2014

The House at the End of Time screens tonight 24 September at the Venezuelan Film Festival taking place until tomorrow at Tribeca Cinema. For more information visit: http://www.venezuelanfilmfest.com/#!about-veffny/cog9

Destiny is a thrilling and exciting subject, one upon which we can reflect for hours, one that makes us question the purpose of our existence, our goal in life as breathing human beings. Destiny also defines our sense of faith. That’s why I wanted to portray the struggle of one human being to change her fate, in this case represented by the love of a mother that would do anything to save her family from tragedy. I don’t know if destiny can be changed or if it is a force beyond our power, but I’m certain of its existence, although nobody is able to prove it.

The House at the End of Times is my first feature film. Before this work I had the opportunity to write, direct and produce some independent short films: El Cumpleaños de un Pordiosero (The Birthday of a Beggar), El Milagro en la Oscuridad (The Miracle in the Dark) and Luz Bella (Beautiful Light). My continued education in dozens of film workshops, the production of my short films and participations as assistant director in short films, commercials and feature films, gave the tools I needed to make my very first feature film.

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Today the tattooed faces and bodies of Salvadoran gang members are put on display for readers of US and European newspapers and magazines in much the same way that images of tattooed indigenous people in New Guinea were used to titillate readers of National Geographic at the dawn of photography more than a century ago.

Young Salvadorans are pictured behind bars or with guns, just as people labeled "savages" were once posed with spears. This is the dehumanization of the indigenous. Even the language accompanying the images carries the same flavor of the exotic, the dangerous, and the "other"-something to frighten comfortable middle-class viewers with what seems an inside look at an alien and violent world.

The people of New Guinea were described as bloodthirsty cannibals. Today National Geographic introduces the 2011 television documentary Gang War USA: El Salvadoran Gang Violence by alleging that "El Salvador is one of the most violent nations on Earth-with 10 times the murder rate of the US-and it's all thanks to imported gangs."


The UN’s Inter-governmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing met for the last time this month to put the final touches to their much anticipated report on how the world should finance the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals – or SDGs.

So what have they come up with? The Committee’s report draws up a ‘menu of options’ for the financing of sustainable development. The argument is that this allows policy-makers in different countries to make choices as to what policies and financial instruments are most suited to their specific circumstances. That makes perfect sense, of course: the strategy that will be best for a climate vulnerable small island such as the Maldives for instance will not necessarily be the same for a larger resource-rich country such as Kazakhstan. On the other hand, it could also lead governments to ‘cherry-pick’ among the ideas presented, and to leave the more difficult issues (and potentially those with the biggest impact) to one side.