Swamp

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    Swamp

    Tierra Mojada

    Directed by

    Colombia

    2017

    17 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    In the middle of a jungle canyon, Oscar, a 13-year-old boy, finishes making two shallow graves. His house is located in the middle of a large hydroelectric project and it is the last day to evacuate it. A chainsaw noise can be heard in the distance. An exhausted Oscar enters his home, a final time. Two elderly emberá, his grandparents, patiently wait in the kitchen. The somber silence enveloping the house is interrupted by a loud rumble echoing across the valley. Shrouded in silence, they leave through the courtyard. The fate of each, just beginning to be marred by the violent incursion of progress that has dyed red all over the place.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Yeison García Tascon
    Marco Tulio Vásquez Yagarí
    Barbara Panchí Saigama
    Screenplay
    Juan Sebastián Mesa Bedoya
    Cinematography
    David Correa Franco
    Editing
    Juan Cañola

    Director's Statement

    This is an approach to the harshness of uprooting, through a reconstruction exercise, which I do based on the testimonies of peasants and indigenous communities displaced by hydroelectric plants. The strength of this story lies largely in what is not said, in what is not seen. I am interested in achieving a narrative depth by means of image and sound, which surpasses any rhetorical discourse.

    Production
    MONOCICLOCINE
    Juan Sebastián Mesa

    Juan Sebastián Mesa

    Colombia

    Born in Medellín, Colombia in 1989. Photographer and Co-founder of Monociclo cine, holds a degree in audiovisual comunications with studies contemporary narrative, has directed several music and experimental videos. His short film KALASHNIKOV was selected in numerous film festivals. His first feature film THE NOBODIES won the audience award at the 31. Settimana Internazionale della Critica Venice 2016.

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