LOS ANDES SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
La Sinfónica de los Andes

Colombia/Bolivia 2018
Director: Marta Rodríguez

Spanish with English subtitles | 116 min
Indigenous Film From BC & Beyond

Preceded by Latin-Canadian short MEDIA LUNA
Monday, August 26 | 6:30 PM | Cinematheque

Marta Rodríguez is much more than a pioneer of documentary filmmaking in Colombia. Her films always side with the people and denounce injustice, and document our history as well as the history of our cinema. Los Andes Symphony Orchestra lets the indigenous Nasa people in the south of Colombia speak boldly, as they struggle to understand all the blood that was shed during the 10-year-long civil war known as La Violencia on a land they have owned and worked for as long as anyone can remember. With a symphonic choir of voices and an orchestra of ancestral music made up of children demanding dignity and remembrance for their dead, this beautiful and painful documentary tells and sings about those who are unwilling to be silenced.

[Las películas de Marta Rodríguez,] siempre comprometidas, siempre del lado del pueblo, siempre prestas a la denuncia, son un documento imprescindible de nuestra historia y de la historia de nuestro cine. La Sinfónica de los Andes [le da voz a] unos campesinos, indígenas nasas, que tratan de entender por qué tanta sangre derramada por una tierra que otros intereses quieren arrebatar a quienes la han poseído ancestralmente y la trabajan. Así, como una sinfonía de voces a coro, y con una orquesta de música ancestral compuesta por niños que gritan dignidad y memoria para sus muertos, se canta y se cuenta este impactante documental, doloroso y bello a la vez, sobre quienes no están dispuestos a callar. – FICCI


The rebellion of documentary cinema has a woman’s name: Marta Rodríguez.  – Ángela María Pulido, Universidad Central

Filmography (over 18 titles, which include): La toma del milenio (2015), Testigos de un etnocidio: memorias de resistencia (2010), La hoja sagrada (2001), Los hijos del trueno (1998) Nuestra voz de tierra, memoria y futuro (1982), Chircales (1972)