Portrait of the "Peruvian Che Guevara”, a famous Trotskyist guerrilla and legendary peasant leader of the sixties: Hugo Blanco, who preferred to deconstruct his leadership and to encourage self-government becoming an anonymous activist: Hugo Indio. 

Starting with a journey to the forgotten jungle village where Blanco’s fight and fame began, the film director looks for the traces of the young black-bearded man with a gun on his shoulder and raised fist shouting "Land or Death!" and finds the traces of the indigenous peasant movement.
In the second part - in the aftermath of the Peruvian Internal Armed Conflict - she meets the tireless Hugo Blanco, her father’s revolutionary hero, in person. He is now a white-bearded indigenous and environmental activist: Hugo Indio.
The film is a diptych divided by a hiatus of silence and mourning for the rivers of indigenous blood that flowed when a generation’s dream, the one of the armed revolution, turned into a nightmare.

International outreach

The world premiere took place in the International Competition at the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague on the 12th March 2019.

This film has been in the official selection at the biggest indigenous film festival worldwide: ImagineNATIVE in Toronto, Canada. And it has been awarded Best Feature Documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival in Uruguay ATLANTIDOC.  Festival list.

Alternative Distribution in Peru

The Peruvian premiere took place in August 2019 at the
Festival de Cine de Lima.

Currently, the film is traveling in an alternative rural distribution in Peruvian territory thanks to a project funded by the Film Section of the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, Dirección del Audiovisual, la Fonografía y los Nuevos Medios (DAFO).
More info in Spanish, here


     Original title                                          HUGO BLANCO, RÍO PROFUNDO

     English title                                           HUGO BLANCO, DEEP RIVER

     Countries & year                                  Austria, Peru, 2019

     Length                                                   108'
     Director & producer                            Malena Martínez Cabrera

     Sound                                                     Omar Mustafá, Guido Deniro; Carlos Pino
     Image                                                     Gustavo Schiaffino (dop); Carlos Sánchez Giraldo,
                                                                     Aureliano Lecca, Omar Mustafá, Malena Martínez
     Editing                                                    Malena Martínez , Alexandra Wedenig
     Dramaturgical advice                          Alejandra Almirón, Dieter Pichler, Jaana Puhakka
     Development                                         Marta Andreu, Nataly Villena, Catherine Bernstein

     Shooting format                                   HD 16:9, 16mm, Mini DV 4:3 Color

     Screening format                                 Spanish: DCP, File ProRes, Blu-Ray, DVD
                                                                      English, German, French: ProRes
     Audio                                                      Dolby Stereo 5.1

     Languages                                            Spanish, Quechua

     Subtitles                                                Spanish, English, German, French
     Project development                          Archidoc (MEDIA, La Fémis)

     Doc Markets                                         Agora Market, Thessaloniki Film Festival, 2019

                                                                     Media Library, Visions du Réel, 2019
                                                                     East Silver Market, Jihlava International FF 2018/19

Graphic designs in social media: Chris Yong-García, Juan Pablo Campana, Katya Zevallos.



Peruvian filmmaker, photographer and cultural journalist based in Vienna, Austria, since 2000. Master in Creative Documentary (University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 2007). Artistic Photography (Schule Friedl Kubelka, Vienna, 2014). Mag. Romanic Philology (University of Vienna, 2006). Bach. Literature and Linguistics (Universidad Católica, Peru, 1999). Mentoring program with Ruth Beckermann (FC Gloria, Vienna, 2015). ARCHIDOC alumna (La Fémis, 2015). Aristoteles Workshop (Arte TV, Romania, 2009). Cinematography WS (ESCAC, Barcelona, 2009). Music studies (Conservatorio Nacional, Lima). Member of FC Gloria (Film u. Frauenvernetzung). Member of EDN (European Documentary Network)



2019  Hugo Blanco, Deep River  (108’)                                                   
2017   Arcane (1’14’’)                                                                                  
2017   Cinco trotskistas y Hugo Blanco (6’)                                           
2016  Diálogos que son monólogos (2’)                                                
2015  Archetype (1’15'')                                                                             
     2014  Hugo Blanco y el periódico Lucha Indígena (15’)                            
 2009  Felipe, come back (67')                                                                  
 2002  Ramiro en Viena (10')                                                                     

Alternative Distribution in Peru

Funded by Ministry of Culture Peru

Film funded by

Federal Chancellery of Austria