A film by Jorge Forero
Colombia/Mexico/France, 2015, 78 min. In Spanish with English subtitles
Subjects: Latin America, Social History, Latin American Studies, Colombia, Anthropology
(Jorge Forero, Colombia/Mexico/France, 2015, 78 min. In Spanish with English subtitles).
A man in chains in the jungle, a young man who dreams of being part of something, and a militant from an armed group who must exercise cruelty despite not believing in it – they are all in caught up in the violence that they do not understand. Jorge Forero’s stunning directorial debut, which premiered at the Berlinale’s Forum section, is a timely film that that explores the complexities of a country in war for over 50 years. Assembled as a triptych, the characters in Violencia each voluntary or involuntary part of a mechanism that overcomes them, reveal their greatness or misery in the minimum tasks that they deal to survive. From that –sometimes morbid– poetry of the everyday and the irrefutable truth of the details, we are shown a country with a sick and injured society. However, it is a country where people wish to find happiness nonetheless, by trying to live, dream, and love.