Jorge Ruiz

Jorge Ruiz is known as one of Bolivia’s foremost documentary filmmakers. He was born in 1924 and made his first real break in 1947 when hired by American Kenneth Wassan to work at his film company. In 1949 he worked with Augusto Roca to make Donde Nació un Imperio, Bolivia’s first colour film. In 1953 he made his best known film Vuelve Sebastiana. From 1957-1964 Ruiz became the head of the Bolivian Cinematographical Institute (ICB), and like many of his fellow film makers battled for finances from the government to produce his films. Ruiz is being recognized for his distinguished career as a pioneer in visual anthropology. His gift for documenting the complex social-cultural realities of his homeland has left behind an invaluable artistic and ethnographic record. Ruiz was also a fine cameraman working on many projects and was second camera assistant for Cobra Verde directed by Werner Herzog in 1987. Ruiz’s filmography lists a rich body of work of over 100 titles. John Grierson named Ruiz one of the six most important documentary film makers in the world.

Filmography (selection):

Viaje al Beni/ A Trip to Beni (Bolivia, 1947)
El látigo del miedo/ The Whip of Fear - together with Augusto Roca (Bolivia, 1948)
Rumbo al futuro/ Towards the Future – together with Augusto Roca (Bolivia, 1950)
Tierras olvidadas/ Forgotten Lands - together with Augusto Roca (Bolivia, 1951)
Los Urus/ The Urus (Bolivia, 1951)
Vuelve Sebastiana/ Come Back, Sebastiana - together with Augusto Roca (28´, Bolivia, 1953)
Los que nunca fueron/ The Ones that Never Were (Bolivia, 1954)
Los primeros/ The First Ones (Bolivia, 1956)
La vertiente/ The Spring (Bolivia, 1959)
El terremoto de Chile/ The Chilean Earthquake (Chille, 1960)
La colmena/ The Beehive, (Bolivia, 1961)
El príncipe de la amistad/ The Prince of Friendship (Bolivia, 1962)
Un policia rural/ A Rural Police (Bolivia, 1963)
Cada dia/ Each Day (Bolivia, 1964)
Punto de partida/ Starting Point (Bolivia, 1964)
Semana Santa en Ayacucho/ Holy Week in Ayacucho (Bolivia, 1965)
Mina Alaska/ Alaska Mine (Bolivia, 1968)
Volver/ To Return (Chille, 1969)
Los Yamparaz/ The Yamparaz (Bolivia, 1971)
Primero el camino/ First the Road (Bolivia, 1972)
El empujón/ The Push (Bolivia, 1974)
Un esperanza llamada Bolivia/ A Hope Called Bolivia (Bolivia, 1975)
Historia de un éxito/ A Success Story (Bolivia, 1976)
Marcha hacia el norte/ March Towards the North (Bolivia, 1977)
El clamor del silencio/ The Clamor of Silence (Bolivia, 1979)
Los caminos de piedra/ The Roads of Stone (Bolivia, 1980)
Una luz en las montañas/ A Light on the Mountains (Bolivia, 1982)
La mujer en Bolivia/ The Woman in Bolivia (Bolivia, 1986)
Lago Titicaca/ Lake Titicaca (Bolivia, 1990-95)

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