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Roque Dalton, ¡fusilemos la noche! / Roque Dalton, Let’s Shoot the Night!

A film by Tina Leisch

Austria/El Salvador/Cuba, Biography/Human Rights Documentary/Poetry, 2013
87 min, DVCPro, Color
Spanish, French, English with English subtitles

This film was screened as a part of the 2014 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF17)


ROQUE DALTON, ¡FUSILEMOS LA NOCHE! is a poetic documentary, a manifesto both for reading poetry and for living a life that takes responsibility for the state of the world. Roque Dalton (1935-1975) is El Salvador’s most important poet. His life is an adventure, his poetry an exciting shower of sparks between political utopia and sensuality, revolutionary beliefs and lust for heresy. As playful as Roque Dalton’s poetry, this film interweaves interviews with his family, friends, lovers and contemporaries with touching readings of his works by students, actors, prostitutes, prisoners, famous friends and the children of the underprivileged protagonists of his works. The film has screened to great success on the festival circuit, including important stops at the Havana Film Festival and MiradasDOC.

North American Premiere

About the director

Tina Leisch wTina Leisch is a Viennese film and theatre director, well known for her experimental theatre projects. She won the Nestroy Prize, Austria’s most important theatre award, for her staging of George Tabori’s MEIN KAMPF. GANSTER GIRLS, her first feature-length documentary, won a Special Mention in the 2008 Viennale.


Producer: Ursula Wolschlager
Production Companies: Witcraft Szenario, Kinoki
Screenwriter: Tina Leisch, Erich Hackl
Cinematographer: Gerald Kerkletz
Editor: Karina Ressler
Sound Design: Klaus Kellermann, Evelio Gay Salinas, Marcos Menjivar
Music: Leonardo Croatto, Michael Hornstein, Yolocamba Ita, Vicente Feliú

Print Source:  Tina Leisch – Kinoki,



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