Dreaming to Save the World: The Films of the Victor Jara Collective

July 14, 2019, 3:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Third Horizon in Los Angeles and the USC School of Cinematic Arts
invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of


Dreaming to Save the World:
The Films of the Victor Jara Collective


The Terror and the Time (1978, 75 min.)
In the Sky's Wild Noise (1983, 29 min.)


3:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 14th, 2019

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Third Horizon is proud to feature a retrospective of the films of Guyana’s Victor Jara Collective. Named in honor of the Chilean musician and dissident Victor Jara, who was murdered by the Pinochet regime in 1973, and influenced by the politically committed New Latin American cinema of the 1960s, the collective formed with the intention of making formally daring films that explored Guyana’s own political, social and economic struggles as an emergent postcolonial nation.

The Terror and the Time (1978) – their first film – focused on the upheavals in 1953 in what was then British Guiana. The documentary was essentially banned by the Guyanese government, and it would be five years before the collective made their second and final film, In the Sky’s Wild Noise (1983). A mid-length work, it features the late historian and activist Walter Rodney, author of the seminal book How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. A self-styled “guerrilla intellectual” whose thinking influenced the black power movements in the US and the Caribbean, Rodney was assassinated by a car bomb in Guyana in 1980.

Presented by "Third Horizon in Los Angeles", a weekend of Caribbean cinema curated by the pioneering Miami-based film festival.

View the full calendar: http://cinema.usc.edu/ThirdHorizon

About The Terror and the Time (1978)

In 1953, what was then known as British Guiana elected its first “internal self government” under colonial rule. Nervous about the government’s progressive programs and supposed Soviet influence, the British suspended the constitution, jailed the democratically elected leaders, and staged a military invasion. Made in 1978, The Terror and the Time is an incendiary piece of agitprop documentary filmmaking that revisits the events of that seminal year in Guyanese history. Set to a series of poems by the great poet Martin Carter and against the backdrop of the Cold War and events of 1953 in such places as Iran, Guatemala, Kenya and the US, this film—the first of only two works by the Victor Jara Collective—was banned by Guyana’s government, and has rarely screened since it was made.

Directed by The Victor Jara Collective. Not rated. Running time: 75 minutes. In English. Country: Guyana.


About In the Sky's Wild Noise (1983)

In the Sky’s Wild Noise is based around an interview with Walter Rodney, the renowned Guyanese historian, author and political activist, who was assassinated in 1980. The interview—which was filmed in 1976, when the Victor Jara Collective were shooting their first documentary, The Terror and The Time—is intercut with archival footage, and explores the political, social and economic conditions of the working class in Guyana in the 1970s.

Directed by The Victor Jara Collective. Not rated. Running time: 29 minutes. In English. Country: Guyana.


About Third Horizon Film Festival

THFF was founded by Third Horizon, a collective of Caribbean creatives whose first short film, Papa Machete, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 and had its US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, before going on to screen at more than 30 film festivals worldwide. It is staged annually in Miami in partnership with the Caribbean Film Academy, a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit organization whose core mission is to support and distribute the work of Caribbean filmmakers.

The festival was founded in 2014 when Third Horizon was one of the winners of the Knight Arts Challenge. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 2:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu