Transforming Violence - Colombian short films

Viernes, 10 Mayo

Transforming Violence - Colombian short films

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Cinema, as all the different cultural, political, and social spheres in Colombia, has been marked by violence. For more than a century, changes in the technologies for the production of cinema and new generations of filmmakers have been transforming the depictions of violence in the country. This selection of short films presents a group of contemporary Colombian filmmakers that create narratives about violence in the country through personal stories. They put aside using images as proves, to create new ones that permit them to show the ghosts, ruins, and cracks of a society that they have only seen immersed in conflicts.

Together with the contemporaries, El Potro Chusmero by Luis Alfredo Sánchez will be also screened. A film from 1985 that shows the worry past century filmmakers had about a historical period known as La Violencia (1948-1958).


Parábola del Retorno (Parable of the Return)
Juan Soto | 2016 | 41’

Wilson Mario decides to come back to Colombia, where his family thinks he has been death ー one of the more than 3.000 people murder in the genocide of the political party Unión Patriótica. Now the country seems to be at peace, is what Wilson thinks when he decides to come back. We follow his trip from London to Bogotá through a video-diary where poetry and his memories from exile, together with those from his life in Colombia, weave a net of mixed feelings. Parábola del Retorno is the closing film of Juan Soto’s trilogy on the memory of his uncle Wilson Mario Taborda.

El Potro Chusmero (The Guerrilla Colt)
Luis Alfredo Sánchez | 1985 | 25’

In 1950s’s Colombia, peasants, called "Chusmeros" (in reference to their popular background, coming from the word chusma), initiated an armed revolution in the Llanos Orientales [eastern Llanos]. Sanchez’s tender portrayal of a chusmero that wants to save a mare and her colt while is trying to escape from the enemy, couldn’t be broadcasted in public television two months prior to parliamentary elections as it was planned to be. The 1980s in Colombia was a moment when FARC, M-19, and ELN guerrillas were steeply growing, and the drug cartels were becoming the biggest cocaine suppliers in the world. One more time the government needed to establish its discourse of goods and bads, a reason for why El Potro Chusmero was banned.

Our Song to War
Juanita Onzaga | 2018 | 14’

Twelve years have passed since the Bojayá Massacre were more than 120 people died during a confrontation between FARC guerrilla and AUC paramilitary group. The spirits of the deceased come back through songs and stories to claim for a change in the course of history.

I Was In That Meeting
Ana Bravo-Pérez | 2018 | 3’

Bravo-Pérez tells us a secret of those that are inside of the body hurting. Open wounds that time seems to cover ー a time where other wounds will come, and the initial one becomes then part of a bigger one. Wounds as those of Colombia: secrets yield to the world.

El Laberinto (The Labyrinth)
Laura Huertas Millán | 2019 | 21’

The most known Colombian violence is the one related to drug trafficking, thanks to how mass-media has made a spectacle of it. But also the mass-media has a big influence on people’s desires for power and consumption that can lead to drug trafficking. The Labyrinth takes us to when the whirl of desires and media show has passed, where simple people remain and there is no mansion that nature cannot devour.

Rec.cordar (Re.member)
Ana Bravo-Pérez | 2019 | 10’

Besides the memories of all that was left behind, escaping from war brings also different anxieties. How is to live in a place where people is not murder? How used can we get to live in a context of war? In the last film of this programme, we leave Colombia but we do not know where we are landing.


Fecha y hora: 

Viernes, 10 Mayo, 2019 - 20:30


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  • Shorts films


5,- (Cineville card valid)
Filmhuis Cavia
Van Hallstraat 52-1
1051 HH Amsterdam
Países Bajos

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Former squat, now legalised

Filmhuis Cavia is a counterculture cinema, founded in 1983 by a squatters movement, which programs films you aren't likely to see anywhere else.


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