Colombia, 2015
Spanish with English subtitles/ 74′
Director/Writer: Jorge Forero

Sunday, Aug-28
5:45 PM | The Cinematheque
Monday, Aug-29
7:15 PM | The Cinematheque

Director Jorge Forero will be in attendance to have a dialogue with the audience.

A man in chains in the jungle, a youth who dreams of a way out of his poverty, and a militant from an armed group who must wield a cruelty which he may not even believe in. All of them in the centre of a violence that they don’t understand. The film, structured in three individual parts, gives unique faces to the legacy of over 50 years of armed conflict suffered in Colombia. The characters, each voluntarily or involuntarily part of a mechanism larger than themselves, reveal their greatness or misery in the minimum tasks that they do to survive. From that–sometimes morbid–poetry of the everyday, we see a country whose social body is injured and broken. But where people attempt to be happy and can still relish in their few small moments of freedom.

“Ultimately composed of quiet scenes simmering with the promises of violence unfulfilled, Violencia’s raison d’être is to bring a multifaceted discourse on understanding large, indirect, cultural causes of violence to the table. It’s up to us to dig in.” Maximilien Luc Proctor, The Focus Pull

Un hombre encadenado, un joven que sueña con ser parte de algo, y el militante de un grupo armado que debe ejercer una crueldad en la que tal vez no cree. Todos ellos en el centro de una violencia que no comprenden. La película, a través  de tres historias sucesivas, le da rostros únicos, no intercambiables, a la realidad trágica de la guerra. Los personajes, cada uno parte voluntaria o involuntaria de un mecanismo que los supera, revelan su grandeza o su miseria en las “mínimas” tareas de las que se ocupan para sobrevivir. A partir de esa poesía -a veces macabra- de lo cotidiano y de la verdad irrefutable de los detalles, vemos un país cuyo cuerpo social está herido y enfermo. Pero donde, sin embargo, se intenta ser feliz y se vive soñando y amando.

Producers: Diana Bustamante, Jorge Forero, Paola Pérez
Cinematographer: David Gallego
Editors: Sebastián Hernández, Jorge Forero
Cast: David Aldana, Nelson Camayo, Rodrigo Vélez

Jorge Forero studied at the EICTV in Cuba and at the University of São Paulo. He is the co-founder of the production company Burning Blue that has produced many award-winning films including Enrica Pérez’s Climas (2014) and Diego Lerman’s Refugiado (2014). Most recently, he produced César Acevedo’s Land and Shade (2015), which premiered at the Cannes Critics’ Week.

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