CATAPUM – Nowhere to Fall

Saturday, Sept 9 at 6:00 PM
The Cinematheque

Director: Palu Abadia
Colombia/USA | 2022 | Spanish with English subtitles | 72 min | Documentary | Rated PG

Sliding Scale Tickets:
$13 / $15 / $18 / $21

Plus $3 VLAFF Membership required

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From the Colombian coast to New York City, this film is the powerful story of Ceferina Banquez, Pabla Flores, and  Carolina Oliveros, three women from three generations who found in the Bullerengue—an ancestral musical tradition—a way to resist, heal, and celebrate life. From their routines and their songs, they tell the story of their lives, bringing out themes of race, immigration, legacy, and identity. Their personal experiences converge in a collective memory, offering a narrative of the Colombian armed conflict that honours the reconciling power of music.

Through my work, I aim to connect with people on a heartfelt level, open minds, and learn together. It’s also a way to go through the world and share stories about subjects who struggle, resist, yet exemplify bravery, focus, and passion, people who fight for things they believe in to make their communities better.

Palu Abadia

Palu Abadia is a Colombian-born filmmaker and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked as a director, cinematographer, and film editor for different projects, including short and long documentaries. She has exhibited her work in festivals and galleries in the USA and abroad. Her personal work ranges from experimental video to documentary films, specializing in complex topics that intermingle identity, culture, gender, and immigration.