El Olvido is a bar in Guatemala City. It could be anywhere in the world. People go there to talk, drink, conspire and forget. A news anchor narrates the daily happenings from a television screen, while music blasts from a jukebox. Images of cruise missiles ejected from destroyer warships, declarations by high ranking officials and the sound of doom tell the story of the coming apocalypse. In a state of permanent warfare, what does it mean to live away from the battle zone? Is war becoming the permanent soundtrack, the main narrator of every day life?
Conversations about the trajectory of the global battle, conspiracy and speculation intertwine with personal anecdotes, life stories and confessions. People go on about their lives while war wages in some far away reality. The theater of life -a and of war- plays itself within the green walls of this bar.
Azores, Portugal 2018. Walk&Talk Festival.