The Colombian documentary 'Nuestra Película' premieres in the U.S.
The documentary directed by Diana Bustamante will premiere at the most important documentary festival in the U.S.
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Constructed entirely from archive television footage, Nuestra Película (Our Movie) seeks to offer a vision of how a generation of Colombians suffered from the mediated violence that traumatized the country in the late 1980s.
The film, directed by well-known producer Diana Bustamante, takes the audience on a journey into the experience of children who saw the same images of violence that were shown over and over on the news 40 years ago, as a country tried to make sense of the incomprehensible and normalized brutality that marked several generations.
The documentary recovers archived material to explain the apathy of a generation whose identity was formed by being a passive witness to such a violent reality due to drug trafficking, and guerrilla and paramilitary groups. During this period, the South American country was mired in a spiral of senseless violence, and its society was subjected to images of bloodstains, bullet holes, coffins, people demonstrating, and the assassinations of popular political leaders.
Nuestra Película is a response to the violent story that was recorded by the director in her formative years in Colombia.
Known for her work with directors such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Julio Hernández Cordón, Ciro Guerra and Fernando Guzzoni, among others, the Colombian director Diana Bustamante has become one of the main figures of Latin American cinema as a producer and as former artistic director of the Cartagena Film Festival.
In her first feature film, she creates a powerful documentary essay that serves both for the Colombian public to reconcile with the collective trauma and for the foreign public to understand how that violence was experienced and deeply impacted a generation of Colombians.
The 73-minute film will have its world premiere in the Kaleidoscope competition at the 13th hybrid edition of DOC NYC, the most important documentary festival in the United States, which will take place from Nov. 9 to 17.
Bustamante's documentary will be screened in person on Nov. 11 at Cinépolis Chelsea, and via streaming from Nov. 12 to Sunday, Nov. 27.
Nuestra Película will also have its European premiere at the Bilbao International Documentary Film Festival, which takes place from Nov. 11 to 18.