Director: Jose Felipe Varón
Colombia | 2022 | Spanish | 71 min |

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For Yilmar Leandro Gónzalez a boxer and gardener of his neighborhood’s cementery, life happens in between contrasts: with the same hands he punches his contenders in the ring, he nourishes the life that grows amidst the graves. In his craft he has won the national champion and other prizes. He is considered a promise to his region and the country. Every day after practice , he leaves his gloves and becomes the gardener for the cemetery of his neighborhood: Siloé, in Cali, where his alcoholic mother and siblings live. The big fight is closer, and Yilmar is about to change his destiny. Yilmar does not fear death, he fears defeat and oblivion . This is the story of a man that decides to fight for his future and the future of his community, despite his own happiness.

Para Yilmar Leandro Gónzalez, boxeador y jardinero del cementerio de su barrio, la vida transcurre entre contrastes: con las mismas manos golpea a sus contendientes en el ring, nutre la vida que crece entre las tumbas. En su oficio ha ganado el campeonato nacional y otros premios. Es considerado una promesa para su región y el país. Todos los días después de la práctica, deja sus guantes y se convierte en el jardinero del cementerio de su barrio: Siloé, en Cali, donde viven su madre alcohólica y sus hermanos. La gran pelea está más cerca y Yilmar está a punto de cambiar su destino. Yilmar no teme a la muerte, teme a la derrota y al olvido. Esta es la historia de un hombre que decide luchar por su futuro y el futuro de su comunidad, a pesar de su propia felicidad.


Director, Photographer and Musician born in Cali- Colombia. He has worked as a director in production companies such as; Antorcha films, Contravía films, Direktor films, Laberinto cine y Tv, and Phenomena Fotogramas; a company that he founded in order to develop audiovisual content focused on identity building in the southwest of the country, specialist in documentaries and fictions based on a popular, musical and traditional culture. He stands out as a versatile Director who can work with both many and few resources, achieving results of excellent quality and quality at a cinematographic aesthetic level. He has managed to attract the attention of production companies inside and outside the country for having an important sensitivity close to montage and photography, managing to tell everyday stories in innovative ways through an fluid, naturalistic, elegant, and very aesthetic look.