The Rebellion of Memory

(La rebelión de la memoria)
Daniel Yépez Brito | Documentary

2020 | 21 minutes | Ecuador

The indigenous movement leads the protests against the elimination of the subvention to the gas fuels by the Ecuadorian government.


It became world news in October 2019 when economic reforms in Ecuador led to gas prices suddenly shooting up by 123 percent. People from urban and indigenous communities united in protest. In The Rebellion of Memory, we follow the events through their eyes, as the country’s capital, Quito, descends into smoke-filled chaos.

Filmmaker Daniel Yépez Brito takes full advantage of the masses of images shot by angry and frightened inhabitants. We drive along with the long protest march from inland areas, join the crowds occupying a government building, and watch as the crowds are driven apart by tanks and clouds of teargas.

In just 20 minutes we get a clear impression of a protest that lasted 13 days. Brito intersperses smartphone videos with cinematic shots and news footage to create a dynamic overview of both the unrest and the solidarity in his country. The film is open-ended, reflecting the fact that there’s still plenty of work to be done.

Main credits

Yépez Brito, Daniel (film director)
Yépez Brito, Daniel (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography and editing, Daniel Yépez Brito.

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IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam; The Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York; ACT Human Rights Film Festival; DOQUMENTA Queretaro International Documentary Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Daniel Yépez Brito


YEAR: 2020

GENRE: Documentary


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adult



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