Pablo Mardones Charlone


Director of Photography (DP) with specialization in recording with DSLR cameras (Digital Single Lens Reflex) from the Professional Training Centre (CFP) from the Argentine Film Industry Union (SICA) (2010-2013). Trained in: Ethnographic Video and Cinema and in Documentary Camera and Lighting in the Documentary Makers Movement (2005), and Editing and Staging, Documentary Cinema, Script and Camera Monitor Assistant in the CFP of SICA (2006 – 2009). Doctor (Ph.D.) in Social Anthropology (2016) and Master in International Migration Policies (2013) from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Social Anthropologist from the University of Chile (2004). Specialized in Anthropological Audiovisual, expert in participative audiovisual methodologies and director of ethnographic documentary film.

Currently he directs the Fondecyt project “Ethnification, ethnogenesis, communalization and border processes in traditional Aymara festivals in the Tarapaca region” (Nº 3180333) from 2018 to 2021 in the Institute of International studies (INTE) of Arturo Prat University (UNAP) in Iquique, north of Chile, and is Co-Director of the Fondecyt project “The Boundaries of Gender Violence: Female Migrant Experiences in South American Border Territories” (Nº 1190056) from 2019 to 2023 (www.mujeresyfronteras.com).

In 2006 he founded ALPACA (Latin America: Projects associated with Cinema and Anthropology: www.alpacaproducciones.com) a production and audiovisual company that he has directed from the start. Here he has made a series of documentaries dedicated to culture, identity, and the indigenous and afro-descendant cosmovision, focusing on the processes of international migration, social memory and the processes of constructing race. He is also a professional photographer: https://www.flickr.com/photos/133648159@N03/ His career as a researcher and director has centered on telling the stories of indigenous communities and international migrants in rural villages, border contexts and big cities, and their experiences of integration and recognition in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru.

Combining film and anthropology, the proposal of documentary language stimulates the development of Audiovisual Anthropology (AAV), a discipline that includes cultural production understood as the control exercised by communities or human groups over that cultural production, which can range from community self-portraits, collectively produced audiovisual products created by people whose identities conflict with certain expressions of dominant cultures. In this way, the use of anthropological video is proposed as a catalyzing tool for autonomous and self-managed cultural production. Its aim is to create products that benefit diverse communities and vulnerable groups. Based on this it takes a collaborative approach that seeks to demonopolize the classic ethnographic view and at the same time, stimulate a process of reflection-action in which the camera acts as medium between the speakers and performers. The documentaries and photographic series have been financed by various research, culture and art funds and have been widely distributed throughout Latina American and other regions.

He ran the seminar “The Thinking Camera”, which took place in the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts in the University of Buenos Aires from 2012 to 2014, and in the Faculty of Anthropology of the Meritorious Autonomous University of  Puebla in 2015, in the Aula Magna of the National University of Tierra del Fuego in 2016 and in the Institute of International Studies  (INTE) of Arturo Prat University (UNAP), Iquique, Chile.

He is an associate member of the Ethnographic Audiovisual Archive (AEA) of the Faculty of Social Science of the University of Chile. He has developed training and extension activities in the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), which include teaching documentary workshops and professional audiovisual training. He taught the seminar “Audiovisual Strategies in Social Philosphy” in the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of UBA and is currently Professor of the courses “Qualitative Approaches” and “Gender, Ethnicity, Work and Border Mobility” in the Master in International Relations and Border Studies (MARIET) at Arturo Prat University (UNAP).

Name K´NDELA. Cuerpos sin frontera (Bodies without borders)
Synopsis Brian Montalvo, Diarra Condé, Evens Clercema, Rosa Vargas and Yoxelin Rivas have something in common. They are all African, migrants and artists living in Santiago, Chile. Through a story in chorus, they talk of the wrench that leaving their countries meant for them, how it feels to be in Chile, the racism and xenophobia, their hopes and aspirations and of what it means to represent African art and cultural heritage in this country. While they meet up and talk, they question their own lives, taking decisions that lead them to find out about themselves in more depth.
Genre Documentary Task Research, Direction, Photography and Editing Direction
Funding Regional Funds, Migrant Cultures.

National Council of Arts and Culture. Folio 404547.

Produced by ALPACA Production Company
Year 2009-2010 Format HDV Length 65 minutes
Links Trailer: https://vimeo.com/227906619 Complete Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmYJbH0Ltqw&t=2s


 CHILE: Conference Hall Gabriela Mistral Cultural Centre (GAM) in Santiago (5th April 2018). / Cordillera School of Puente Alto, Santiago (9th April 2018). / Public Library of Arica through the “Regional Views Program” (“Programa Miradas Regionales”) (14th and 28th May 2018). / Cecrea (Santa Ana School), Arica (18th May 2018). / Tarapacá Hall in Iquique through “Regional Views Program” (16th and 23rd May 2018). / Atacama Cultural Centre in Copiapó through the “Regional Views Program” (22nd May 2018). / Estación de Caldera Cultural Centre (23rd May 2018). Special Honors Mention in Audiovisual Competition: “Afro descendant Communities: Recognition, Justice and Development”, (Bicultural Viva and UNESCO). Music School of the Christian Humanistic Academy with a presentation by Dr. María Emilia Tijoux (14th June 2018). “Cervantes” School, in Santiago Centre with students from Chile, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Peru, Cuba, Venezuela (3rd July 2018). IV Research Days of the Twentieth anniversary of the Institute of International Studies (INTE), Arturo Prat University (UNAP). Iquique Chile (19th June 2018). Villa Macul School in Santiago. IV Day of Anthropology and Archaeology students in Tarapacá University (UTA) (30th November 2018). X Chilean Anthropology Congress in Temuco (9th January 2019). Launch of  XI Africa in America Festival 2019: Bío Bío Multicultural in Concepción (9th January 2019). MEXICO: National Anthropology and History School (Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, ENAH) of Mexico City: Seminar Mobilities, borders and anthropological narratives, Session: Border, art and literature (29th June 2018). Seminar “Multisituated Dialogues. Diverse Methodologies” in ENAH of Mexico City (31st August 2018). National Museum of World Cultures in Mexico City (29th October 2018). CV Academic Meeting of Visual Anthropology in Mexico City (29th November 2018). BRAZIL: XIII Meeting of Anthropology Mercosur (RAM) (to be shown on 24th July 2019). ARGENTINA: Dialogue Platform: New discourses of Hate and their counter discourses in Latin America (to be shown on 17th October 2019).


*Selected to be screened at one of the most important ethnographic festivals in the world: the documentary film festival “Fiorenzo Serra International Film Festival” alongside “Chollywood”, “QUELE QUELE” and “Palestina Brasilera”.

*Selected for the July Edition of The Lift Off Sessions, to take place in Pinewood Studios, England.

Name LAKITAS en Tarapaca y “la Pascua de los Negros” de La Tirana (LAKITAS in Tarapaca and “The Easter of the Blacks” in La Tirana)
Synopsis Musicians from a dozen groups that play lakita music of Aymara origin, all residents of the Tarapaca region (north of Chile), the majority from cities, reflect on the importance and the meaning of playing and continuing this music. Through their musical tale, we find out when and how they started playing, what is their connection with its roots, and what it means to play in “The Easter of the Blacks” in La Tirana, the most important stage for lakita practice, where every year the musicians meet up. The idea is to reflect on how lakitas live, feel and develop this colloquial art in their daily life and how they represent the immaterial legacy of this genre from the region, which nowadays having spread to other latitudes is presented as the musical stamp of Tarapaca. With photogenic scenery and a careful but natural soundtrack, we see the various contexts where contemporary lakitas operate in this, the first film, that narrates their past and their present.
Genre Ethnomusical Documentary Task Research, Direction, Photography and Editing Direction
Funding The Music Fund.

National Council of Arts and Culture.

Folio 19826.

Produced by ALPACA Production and Education Company
Collection Popular-Religious Festivals of the Southern Cone Collection, promotion of the ethnomusicological legacy of the Tarapaca region, north of Chile.
Year 2017 Format HD Full Length 52 minutes
Links Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyMGadQdBSA&t=3s Complete Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6DcbuGr_ks&t=458s


CHILE: Illustrious City Council of Iquique (26th January 2018). Music School of the Christian Humanistic Academy (11th March 2018). X Chilean Anthropology Congress in Temuco (9th January 2019). URUGUAY: Symposium of “Music, sound and movement in Latin America and the Caribbean” (ICTM), Salto (18th May 2018). ARGENTINA: Hornero Cultural Centre (12th August 2018). X Flutes of the World Festival in Mendoza (21st September 2018).  La Colombina Cultural Centre in Mendoza (22nd September 2018). BRAZIL: XIII Meeting of Anthropology Mercosur (RAM) (to be shown on the 24th July 2019).

Name Sikuris from Abra De Punta Corral
Synopsis The veterans, are the oldest band of sikuris in all of Argentina. With more than 80 years history and 100 members, they are one of the most important music references of the Huamahuaca Valley. María Auxiliadora, is a young band with few members and logistical difficulties in meeting up. Both groups, along with 77 other sikuris bands, go on a pilgrimage to a place called Abra de Punta Corral, bringing to life the biggest Indigenous festival in the north of Argentina. The documentary covers the experience, the devotion, the music, the identity and the festival that converge in this historic pilgrimage through the stories of these two bands.
Genre Ethnographic Documentary Task Research, Direction, Photography and Editing Direction
Funding National Arts Fund of the Republic of Argentina Audiovisual Line, Alpaca Productions and CEPEC Produced by ALPACA Productions and CEPEC
Year 2015 Format HD Full


Length Medium length.

40 Minutes.

Links Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mXJZclvycM  Complete Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJUbZ2J5UsE&t=1416s


ARGENTINA: Regional Paintings Museum: José Antonio Terry, Tilcara, Jujuy (24th July 2015). / Amphitheatre of the Council Hall of Tilcara (26th July 2015). / San Javier, Traslasierra, Córdoba (28th July 2015). / Maimará Cultural Centre, Maimará, Jujuy (29th July 2015). / Chilavert Cultural Centre, Chilavert Street 1136, Nueva Pompeya, Buenos Aires (10th July 2015 and 15th July 2016). / Tukuy Llajta Film debate at Lanús University (17th April 2015) / 12th International and National Meeting of Sikuris in Buenos Aires, EMPO, Morón (14th August 2016). / Bolivian Migrant Film Cycle – Building bridges, knocking down walls, Ushuaia (1st and 2nd September 2016). / 6th National Meeting of Sikuris in Rosario (16th September 2017).

Synopsis 2011 was a special year in the history of Huancané, a village on the Altiplano of Southern Peru, in the Lake Titicaca area, and proudly known by its inhabitants as the birthplace of sikuri. That year a group of foreign musicians enlivened the festival celebration Chakana or Cruz de mayo, coming together with the local community through their songs, dances, prayers and libations which continued throughout the seven days the celebration lasts. They were from the Intercontinental Aymara of Huancané group (Argentina group and Buenos Aires group), who after seven years together travelled from Buenos Aires to make the dream come true of several of their members who were in fact, born and bred in Huancané.
Genre Anthropological Documentary Task Research, Direction, Photography and Editing Direction
Funding National Arts Fund of the Republic of Argentina Audiovisual Line and Alpaca Productions Produced by ALPACA Productions– Intercontinental Aymara of Huancané (Argentina and Buenos Aires Province group)
Year 2012 Format HD Full Length 44 minutes
Links Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKsC9rwawJI Complete Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsSCz7L28BM&t=2095s


ARGENTINA: II Sikuris of the Southern Cone Congress (15th August 2013). / Buenos Aires Indigenous Film Festival (BAIN) (27th November to 4th December 2013). / Cultural Centre of Cooperation (19th December 2013). / Peruvian Migrant Film Cycle – Building bridges, knocking down walls, Ushuaia (28th and 29th July 2016).

Name TANTAWAWAS: Celebrando con los difuntos (Celebrating with the dead)
Synopsis Three Bolivian families, resident in Buenos Aires prepare for the long awaited All Saints Day, the 2nd November, where each in different stages of their mourning, will celebrate the Andean ceremony Aya Markay Quilla in Flores Cemetery. Two of them suffered their relative’s death some time ago, and according to traditions from the Andes they continue to honor the deceased with liturgies. The third experienced the death recently and is organizing the rites with all the preparations that entails. These stories reflect the connection these communities have with their deceased, where once a year the family and all the community (ayllu) come together to celebrate and converse with their dead.
Genre Social Documentary Task Research, Direction, Photography and Editing Direction
Funding National Arts Fund Produced by Alpaca Productions / Collective 7 Productions / Renacer Newspaper
Year 2012 Format DVCAM Length 30 minutes
Link Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb8EG5Dsako&t=347s


ARGENTINA: 1st Season of Audiovisual Makers in Philosophy (Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of the University of Buenos Aires (November, 2012). / Parliament Building of Buenos Aires (April, 2013). Buenos Aires Indigenous Film Festival (BAIN) (27th November to 4th December 2013). / Bolivian Migrant Film Series – Building bridges, knocking down walls, Ushuaia (1st and 2nd September 2016). BOLIVIA: Audiovisual Exhibition in the 1st Congress of Live Culture and Community, La Paz (May, 2013). BRAZIL: Screening in Cantuta Square with the Bolivian Collective in charge of Instituto Polis, Meeting Point, Culture and Film Club. Sao Paulo (19th April 2013). CHILE: III Latin American Anthropology Congress (ALA). Audiovisual Exhibition: “Anthropology and documentary: views that cross in movement”, Santiago (November, 2012). / 1st International Film and City Exhibition, Santiago (May, 2013).

Name Y verás cómo quieren en Chile (You’ll see how they love in Chile)
Synopsis Narrates the experience of going to the school with the largest proportion of foreign students in the country: the República Alemania school, found in the heart of the historic Yungay neighborhood in the district of Santiago Centro. Here, a group of students and teachers reflect and talk about what it means to be Chilean, to be a foreigner and to be a migrant in the everyday life of their school and their neighborhood while growing up in Chile.
Genre Documentary Task Research, Direction, Photography and Editing Direction
Funding FONDART Metropolitan Region, National Council of Arts and Culture CNCA Produced by Alpaca Productions and Ethnomedia Productions


Year 2009 Format DVCAM Length 28 minutes
Links Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39FZLb9S3Jw&t=1s Complete Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKLpetgGIb0&t=261s


ARGENTINA: Seminar Immigration and Transnational Family: The experience of children and adolescents in the migration process (2nd July 2009). / Tinkunaku Cultural Centre (9th July 2009). House of Integration, (4th September 2009). Festlatino, Buenos Aires http://www.festlatinoba.com.ar/peliculas.php (22nd September). IV Colloquium Binational Argentine-Peruvian (24th September). / Chilean Migrant Film Season – Building bridges, knocking down walls, Ushuaia (September, 2016). / CHILE: Santiago. Principal Building, University of Chile (14th May 2009) / Launch jointly with UNESCO, Book: “Cultural Diversity and Education”. / Cultural Centre of Spain (20th May 2009); Le Monde Diplomatique Bookshop (7th July 2009), / Bar Santiago Capital (10th July 2009). / University of Las Américas. Subject: Sociocultural Understanding of Human Behavior. Social Work Degree (28th April 2010). / National Documentary Competition of the 6th Documentary Film Festival Chillan Chile Reality (June, 2010). PARAGUAY: Asunción. Social Forum of the Americas. Workshop and audiovisual exhibition Memory and Rebellion (from 12th to 14th August 2010). PERÚ: Lima. Hotel Riviera (15th January, 2010). URUGUAY: Festival Atlantidoc (Atlántida, 15th December 2009).

Name Juchu Wayra chicos del viento (children of the wind)
Synopsis Juchu Wayra is a meeting of children and youths who play local instruments. It takes place every year in the Wak’a (ruins) found located on the property of Chacra de los Remedios, Parque Avellaneda. The principal objective of this meeting is to collaborate in keeping alive the culture of ancient peoples through music.
Genre Institutional Documentary Task Script, Camera and Editing
Funding Alpaca Productions

Wayna Marka Cultural Centre

Bolivian Collective Coordinator (CO.CO.BO. Coordinadora de la Colectividad Boliviana)

Produced by Alpaca Productions

Wayna Marka Cultural Centre

Bolivian Collective Coordinator (CO.CO.BO, Coordinadora de la Colectividad Boliviana)

Year 2008 Format DVCAM Length 35 minutes



 ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires. Faculty of Image and Sound of UBA (December, 2007); Villa la CAVA, San Isidro (December, 2007). Buenos Aires. Chacra de los Remedios Cultural Centre (March 2009) in the Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Bolivian Collective Coordinator (CO.CO.BO) (March 2009). / Nueva Casona de Colombres Cultural Centre (April 2009).


Synopsis After the achievements won by the 1952 revolution, the introduction of neoliberal reforms in 1985 implied an increase in the social, economic and political marginalization of the Indigenous and Mestizo majority in Bolivia.  In August of 2006 the country prepared for the inauguration of a Constituent Assembly that promised to make those historically excluded the main protagonists of changes to come.  This process has raised high expectations, at the same time as placing social and citizen organizations on a state of high alert and vigil. Will the Bolivian government be able to make this social inclusion a reality?
Genre Socio-anthropological and political Documentary Task Research, Direction, Photography and Editing Direction
Funding Federal University of Paraná

Collective Soy Loco por Ti América Latina

Produced by ALPACA Productions

Collective Soy Loco por Ti América Latina

Year 2006-2007 Format DVCAM Length 27 minutes
Link Complete Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaZdpORCzNg&t=287s


BOLIVIA: La Paz and El Alto, (January and February 2008); CINEMATECA; Ethnographic and Folkloric Museum MUSEF – La Paz; Sub-Alcaldía de Max Paredes – La Paz; Casa de la Cultura of la Paz; Galería NOTA – La Paz; Galería Namasté – La Paz; Utasa de Munuata Cultural Centre- El Alto; Inti Marka Cultural Centre – El Alto / ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires. Nueva Casona de Colombres Cultural Centre.  Sponsored by the Bolivian Embassy (September, 2007); Nueva Casona de Humahuaca Cultural Centre– Ventana Aborígen (October, 2007); Mataderos Market (October, 2007); La Gomera Cultural Space (June, 2008) / CHILE: Santiago. Le Monde Diplomatic Room (August, 2007) Espacio Santiago Capital. Av. Irarrazabal 3787 (January, 2008); UC Cinema (October, 2008); National Film Theatre. La Moneda Cultural Centre (November, 2008). BRAZIL: Curitiba City Council (April, 2007); UFPR Students Union (DCE UFPR), (5th May 2007); UFPR Cultural Festival (4th October 2007); UFPR Freshers’ Week (27th February, 2008); as well as numerous states and cities in Brazil, having been distributed by the University student movement in Brazil, a member of the collective Soy loco Por ti América Latina. www.soylocoporti.org.br CUBA: Film Festival of the Poor. La Habana. From 14th to 20th of April.  www.cubacine.cu/cinepobre SPAIN: 8th Exhibition of Latin America Documentaries and Photographs. Albacete Documentary Film Festival. From 18th April to 4th May. www.prodocumentales.org/paginas/muestra/albacete2008.php?alba2008=8muestra/