Laura Huertas Millán. La libertad
Colombia and Mexico, 2017, colour, original version in Spanish, 29’
Marta Rodríguez. Nacer de nuevo (To Be Born Again)
Colombia, 1986–87, colour, original version in Spanish, 30’
Closing concert by Julián Mayorga.
Two Colombian film-makers are at the heart of this session devoted to resilience and the will to live despite catastrophe. In La libertad (Freedom), artist and film-maker Laura Huertas Millán shines a light on two weavers from Mexico who make their looms using a Pre-Hispanic ancestral technique; in doing so, the two women initiate an organic relationship with time, history, nature and, as the title of this short film alludes to, with freedom itself. Huertas Millán thus combines the rigour of documentary with a beautiful and poetic visual work.
In Nacer de nuevo (To Be Born Again), Marta Rodríguez recounts how, in November 1985, the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia killed 25,000 people and left another 5,000 homeless. The residents were temporarily offered shelter in Red Cross tents made available in a stadium, until they were relocated in new houses with their corresponding mortgage. A year later, María Eugenia and Carlos, deemed too old by a real estate company keen to safeguard its profits, continue living in the same tents. The film-maker captures the unwavering will of the old woman, and her humour and generosity, in a film that extols, above all else, the courage to keep on living, and even the courage sometimes required to die.
After the film screening, a concert from Colombian musician Julián Mayorga, whose work remixes popular sounds such as cumbia and vallenato, brings this summer film series to a conclusion.