Berlin Fellowship 2020 — Film and Media Arts

Miguel Hilari

*1985 in Hamburg (DE)

lives in La Paz (BO)


Miguel Hilari studied cinema in La Paz, Santiago de Chile and in Barcelona. His documentary films (El corral y el viento, 2014; Compañía, 2019; Bocamina, 2019) centre on work, colonial history, migration and indigenous culture. Pre-existing images often are re-elaborated and questioned. His films have been shown and won awards at various international film festivals. He also works as a producer and editor and runs the Proyecto Torrente involving image and sound workshops in rural schools.


I am working on a project about a Pentecostal church in the Bolivian countryside. Through the distance provided by being in Berlin, I will be able take a fresh look at my material. Engaging with a very specific and prejudice-loaded community, I am interested in showing universal experiences.
On the other hand, I plan to make a short film in Germany, a country that is very close to me in spite of the physical distance. I am interested in the diary form.