Hello Reddit! We’re Juliette Igier and Nicolas Muñoz, two filmmakers based in Argentina.



Juliette is an independent journalist, filmmaker and producer who has lived in Argentina for many years. Originally from France, Juliette worked for a French public TV group France Television and the international French public TV channel France 24 as chief editor. She has participated in the making of numerous documentaries and news programs and currently covers the southern region of Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay) for French news outlets. She’s made documentaries in Argentina on the coronavirus, glaciers in danger and the meat industry, as well as many other topics. Beyond filmmaking, her interests include tango, travel and Argentinian folklore.

Filmmaker and Documentary DOP, Nico Muñoz is a committed seeker of artistic balance and impact. Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, his projects demonstrate a deep concern and commitment to social issues and justice. Since he was 23 years old, Nico has worked freelance covering and developing international and national projects for various broadcasters: NBC, BBC, ESPN, Aljazeera, Fusion, Financial Times, CBS, VRT, ARTE News, Olympic Channel, France 2, Spicee, Univision, CCTV as well as independent productions. For the past 14 years he has gathered News and Features for Associated Press Television. In 2014, Nico’s passion for documentaries pulled him away from the breaking-news cycle.

‘Argentina: Radio Crazy’ is Juliette and Nico’s joint project about La Colifata - the first radio station in the world to air from a psychiatric hospital. Based in Buenos Aires, it’s the brainchild of psychologist Alfredo Oivera who set up the radio with the aim of giving marginal people a voice. At La Colifata, it’s the patients themselves that present the shows. Want to know more about how La Colifata gives marginal people a voice? AMA.

Argentina: Radio Crazy - documentary

On ARTE.tv: https://www.arte.tv/en/videos/104132-000-A/argentina-s-radio-crazy/ On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKCu4rPFkUw

Our Work:


The Homeless of the Pandemic - ARTE.tv https://www.arte.tv/en/videos/100108-000-A/the-homeless-of-the-pandemic/ Short version https://m.facebook.com/infobyarte/videos/806144883570731/

Once upon a time Noelia - Lexpress https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WfQAhtO5Ik&feature=youtu.be

Blind Soccer Player Goes for Gold With Argentine Team | NBC Left Field https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il01le6V6AE

Dancing Tango With Grace, And In A wheelchair | NBC News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-OcUo6O5MY&t=1s

Crazy About Radio - Univision https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjqqkkpohVk&t=7s

Human Trafficking work in progress for Aljazeera Focus - Trailer https://youtu.be/SdLt0FO1rzg

Coronavirus en Argentine : ex-détenus à la rescousse des SDF - ARTE - NEWS https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/099104-000-A/coronavirus-en-argentine-ex-detenus-a-la-rescousse-des-sdf/ Short version https://m.facebook.com/infobyarte/videos/3320609514661961/

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Grombrindal1834 karma

-You both have worked on a lot of things in your careers- what project are you most proud of so far?

-What is the best food you have ever eaten in Argentina? What about the worst?

ARTEinEnglish46 karma

- Nico: For me the best project was about Human trafficking, an independent project that we are still working on with Juliette

- Juliette: For me it is a documentary about the genetic mis-information because of the agrotoxic products in north of Argentina.

Nico: the best food is 'Asado' (bbq meat) made on my grill :)

Juliette: For me 'Asado' is the worst because I'm vegetarian haha. The best is the dulce de leche ice cream

ARTEinEnglish25 karma

and the worst for Nico is mondongo, XD (google the images of it if you dare)

Grombrindal186 karma

I've had it! It's not something I want to eat again, but still much better than chinchulines.

Thanks for the responses!

ARTEinEnglish14 karma

Nico: hahahaha, but chinchulines at least taste good!

Pats_Preludes23 karma

Hola che! For outsiders like me, could you give a brief description of the political/social diversity of Argentine radio, and where La Colifata fits into it?

ARTEinEnglish18 karma

After a long battle for their air space they finally got the frequency. It was very hard, because it was interfered by pirate radio.

Now they can be heard in the whole of Buenos Aires (3 million people) and also in the suburbs (15 million people)

ARTEinEnglish11 karma

For example in 2014 they where in total: FM/AM 3199 radios, now there are 6126.It means that social fight and legal system works :) There are at least 305 non-profit radio stations

ARTEinEnglish10 karma

The role of this little social radio is very important for the community.They promote democracy and free expression.

ARTEinEnglish17 karma

With this documentary, we wanted to change the point of view and the prejudices against mental health patients. They can also work, create and contribute to society.

We highly recommend you to watch the documentary and if you have the chance, to actively participate in those social projects, for a better world, It doesn't matter what you do. Maybe we can't fix the problem, but to be heard for those persons always helps and that's the most important for them.

On ARTE.tv: https://www.arte.tv/en/videos/104132-000-A/argentina-s-radio-crazy/ On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKCu4rPFkUw watch it and share it! :)Thanks to all of you, keep on supporting art :)

jahcoopster11 karma

Hello Juliette and Nicolas! Thank you very much for this fascinating documentary. What motivated you to make a documentary about La Colifata?

ARTEinEnglish12 karma

We had a concept for the documentary, but it was a real challenge for us to work with mental health patients. They were really spontaneous and we had to adapt the shooting time to their time. On the other hand, they were really open and they really opened up to us, telling us their life stories, their dreams and they also shared their pain. We felt very touched and lucky to listen to their stories.

ARTEinEnglish7 karma

Hello! We already knew La Colifata radio from the beginning and a producer called to invite us to do the documentary, and we obviously jumped for joy at the opportunity!

TheOnceandFutureBro11 karma

Hello! I think this is a very interesting project and I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing more. My question is; have you seen a line in your research between “giving voice” to marginalized people like these and exploiting them for the entertainment of others?

ARTEinEnglish9 karma

Hello! Particularly in this case, it was a genuine action of many years of hard work and commitment from Alfredo Olivera and his great team. But we are aware that the unethical treatment of mental patients in this way sadly exists. Our documentary tries constantly to tell a story with the patients, not about them.That's why they enjoyed the process with us :)

TheOnceandFutureBro4 karma

Thank you for your answer and your work!

ARTEinEnglish6 karma

Thank you for your question!

ARTEinEnglish9 karma

Hi from Argentina! We are very excited to be here, looking forward to answering all your questions!

kathakloss8 karma

I would love to participate to a La Colifata brainstorming on new radio shows… Have you been to some and what have you learned?

ARTEinEnglish8 karma

If you come to Argentina, you can go to the hospital on Saturday, and participate in the radio program!

kathakloss4 karma

I live in France :) so how was it like for you to participate? Any insights?

ARTEinEnglish16 karma

Actually the director of the radio, Alfredo Olivera, lives in France, and has developed a project for the radio La Colifata in France with French patients. Some of them will come this month to Argentina, and participate all together in a common action: they will pursue the project of 'Colifata Solidara', that we show in the documentary, and travel to the north of Argentina to make contact with little organic food producers and to create a radio program over there with their own radio station to keep on developing the producer/client organic network.

ARTEinEnglish3 karma

Hello! Yes we had the chance to participate in brainstorming with them, they were very organized. There were 3 professional carers in different areas, who would guide and orientate the ideas that were coming from the group.

ARTEinEnglish4 karma

The most beautiful thing was being able to contribute to spreading this healing message, and to make new special friends!

smallteam2 karma

Thanks for doing this AMA and I'm looking forward to watching this film!

ARTEinEnglish1 karma

Glad to hear it! :)

NSJack2 karma

I'm a YouTube video editor currently working for a major Canadian channel focused on fitness. I also have a bachelor in Journalism. I've edited over 500 videos in the past year, but I'm eager to work with something meaningful. How can I start working with something more focused on social issues and justice? Are you guys looking for a video editor? If not, could you point me to any direction? I'm based in Brazil, but am available to travel wherever.

ARTEinEnglish1 karma

Hi Jack! you are on the right track! We escape from the world of breaking news to explore more consistent themes. My advice would be to jump on something you want to change in the society you live in and get involved with your art.

NSJack1 karma

I was hoping you might know maybe a channel, agency or group of people that might need a journalist focused on video editing. Do you know any?

ARTEinEnglish1 karma

You can always apply to us ;)


-ARTE.tv administrator

Expensive-Thoughts2 karma

Hi! I am an amateur short film enthusiast. Written script and am about to film it. I have no experience in filming. What is your advice on how to make an impactful short film about mental health theme?

ARTEinEnglish1 karma

Set attainable goals. You don't want to tell everything at once. And in relation to mental health, think of something that can serve patients and society as a whole.

tagh-beatha2 karma

I graduated from a production certificate course with the NFTS last year, I’m based in Scotland and currently attending the Glasgow Film Festival. At networking events I introduce myself as a producer, and people keep asking me how I can make any money in the role. I want to ask you what the process was like from conception of the idea for this documentary to actually getting the funding to go make it. Were there any major obstacles you had to overcome to secure funding, and how did you go about it?

ARTEinEnglish2 karma

Hello tagh-beatha, to start take projects in which you feel represented. Don't commit your time to causes that does not mean nothing to you or with uncommitted directors/filmmakers. The process is long but has its rewards.

mredko1 karma

Thanks for the AMA. I have several questions: Does it broadcast 24/7? Are the producers of the shows also patients? How is it financed?

ARTEinEnglish1 karma

Does it broadcast 24/7? No, YES!! The signal is 24/7 on air! Here you can access https://lacolifata.com.ar/en/

Only on Saturday afternoons it's broadcast live from the Hospital and anyone can participate. Except minors. Are the producers of the shows also patients? Yes and accompanied by expert volunteers in mental health and communication. How is it financed? It is financed by private and public funds.

SanguinePar1 karma

Sounds like a real life version of old BBC show Takin' over the Asylum , which starred a very young David Tennant .

ARTEinEnglish2 karma