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My mom died days after the beginning of the peace talks with the FARC guerrilla group. Before she died, she told me that she had forgiven and that she didn’t want anyone else to live her experience. She had been kidnapped for almost two years in a corner of the jungle. My brother and I had never talked about it before. We had even forgotten the diary that she had been allowed to write and that she brought with her, in which she recorded the worst 603 days of her life. Reading the diary propels us into a precipice. We locate places, deciphered names and begin a journey through jungles and mountains following the trail of her pain but also looking for the guerrillas who guarded her and that occupy a large part of that diary, where we discovered they developed a close relationship with her, almost a mother/son kind of it. Maybe those guerrillas are now demobilized, so we set out to find them. To follow mom’s wake is to follow the path of forgiveness. We wonder if at the end of this journey we will also be able to forgive.

A GusanoFilms and RTVC Play production. In co-production with Salon Indien Films. With the support of Proimágenes ColombiaIDFA Bertha Fund and Tribeca Film Institute.

Awards

  • Audience Award & Special Jury Mention – 24º Malaga Film Festival
  • “Golden Alexander – Dimitri Eipides” Newcomers Award & “Human Values” of the Hellenic Parliament Award  – Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
  • Radiónica Youth Award for Best Colombian Film & Audience Award – BIFF, Bogotá International Film Festival
  • Grand Jury Prize – DOCNYC American Largest Documentary Festival
  • Best Film Award – Suacha Film Festival
  • Audience Award & Best Documentary Award – Cinélatino, 34es Reencontres de Toulouse
  • Audience Award – Lichter International Film Festival
  • Award “Night Award for Documentary” – Festival International Signes de Nuit de Bangkok
  • Documentary Special Mention – The Colombian Film Festival New York
  • Candidate to 36º GOYA Awards
  • Nominated to IX Feroz Awards
  • Jury Award – Perugia Social Film Fest
  • Grand Prix FIFAC / France Télévisions – Amazonas-Caribbean International Documentary Film Festival – FIFAC
  • Best Documentary Award – Cinehorizontes Festival

Festivals

  • Hot Docs – World Premiere
  • 24º Malaga Film Festival –  Spanish Premiere  – Audience Award & Special Jury Mention
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – European Premiere – Newcomers “Golden Alexander – Dimitri Eipides” Award and “Human Values” Award of the Hellenic Parliament
  • DocMontevideo 2021 – Latin American Premiere
  • BIFF, Bogotá International Film Festival – Youth Award for Best Colombian Film and  Audience Award
  • DOCNYC American Largest Documentary Festival – United States Premiere
  • L’Alternativa, Barcelona Independent Film Festival
  • 43º Mostra de Cinema de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo International Film Festival
  • Singapore International Film Festival 2021 – Asian Premiere
  • Montes de María Audiovisual Festival
  • Suacha Film Festival
  • 3º Marinilla Film Festival
  • 8º International Film Festival for the Human Rights Colombia
  • #NarrarElFuturo – Creative Comons & New Media Film Festival Bogotá
  • IDFA – “Best of Fests” Section
  • Cuéntalo, Logroño Narratives Festival
  • Ojo al Sancocho, Ciudad Bolívar Film Festival
  • Cinélatino, 34es Reencontres de Toulouse
  • Lichter International Film Festival
  • The Colombian Film Festival New York
  • Bangkok International Signs of Night Festival
  • Monterey International Film Festival
  • Perugia Social Film Fest
  • Macondo Awards from the Colombian Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences – 2 nominations: Best Documentary Feature Film and Best Direction
  • Amazonas-Caribbean International Documentary Film Festival – FIFAC
  • Cinehorizontes Festival: Documentary Competition

Funds

  • Winner FDC Proimágenes Production 2018
  • IDFA Bertha Fund Classic IBF 2018
  • IDFAcademy 2018
  • L’Alternativa Professionals “Mentoring Project” 2017
  • Winner FDC Proimágenes Development 2017

 



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DURATION

90 minutes

DIRECTION AND SCRIPT

Iván Guarnizo

DIRECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Carlos Villaoslada

EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION

Rosa M. Ramos

PRODUCTION

Jorge Caballero, Pablo de la Chica

Film Edition

Iván Guarnizo, Ariadna Ribas

Sound Edition

Alejandro Castillo

Music

Nicolas Muñoz M. - Imán Music

Year

2021

Date

3 January, 2019