In 1986, at the age of ten, Klaudia leaves her native country, Peru, to settle in Switzerland along with her mother. From that point, their family in Peru starts filming the life that Klaudia and Margot can no longer see. Klaudia and her mother do the same from Switzerland. The tape correspondence lasts four years. About twenty-five years after having left her country of origin, Klaudia finds the VHS tapes of her childhood. By watching the tapes as an adult, it makes her wonder: What is behind the image of family unity and what had been the price to pay for the women of this patriarchal family who had to maintain the role of good wives and good mothers? To try to answer these questions, Klaudia decides to investigate with the women of her family in Florida. She meets her mother Margot, aunt Cecy, her grandmother Nelly, and her niece Mia. Through stories of past and present, Klaudia gradually discovers the difference between the world where she grew up and the woman that she has become.
Klaudia Reynicke was born in Lima, Peru. Grew up between Peru, Switzerland and the United States. Studies in anthropology B.A. University of South Florida (USF) in 2001, sociology M.A. University of Lausanne (UNIL) in 2007 and filmmaking M.F.A. University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL) & Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) in 2010, Réseau cinéma Switzerland.
¿Asi son los hombres? is Klaudia Reynicke's debut full length documentary. The film was recently screened as part of the official selection at the last edition of Visions du Reél 2013.
Watch the interview (in french):
About the music score:
The music in ¿Asi son los hombres? is almost entirely based upon peruvian traditional music.
We used a simple accompaniment from a valse creole played by a solo guitar to follow Klaudia Reynicke's journey through her native country. We liked the fact that the dryness and simplicity of the guitar makes a perfect analogy with the rough environment of Peru, outlining a convincing portrait of the simple women that were often left alone by their husbands, but nevertheless remained strong, capable of a fine sense of humor and life enjoyment. An arrangement of Felipe Pinglo's song "El espejo de mi vida", sang by Klaudia herself, is then highlighting the reunion of those women and is also used to underscore the end credits.
Paco Chambi during the music recording for ¿Asi son los hombres?