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Extended Reality: DOK Neuland 2015
Criers of Medellín

“Criers of Medellín” is a virtual tour of the city of Medellín. We find ourselves in an interactive Google Street View map where every player chooses their own path through the Colombian metropolis to collect the market criers’ stories.

2015

Criers of Medellín

(none)
Colombia
2015
480 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Spanish
French

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Crea Digital Submission, Carabalí – Creative Collective, Thibault Durand, Baobab Group
Thibault Durand
“Criers of Medellín” is a virtual tour of the city of Medellín. We find ourselves in an interactive Google Street View map where every player chooses their own path through the Colombian metropolis to collect the market criers’ stories. Surrounded by a web of chants and original urban sounds we listen closely to the singing street sellers’ fears, desires and realities of life. Spots you would pass as a tourist with an amused look become the places where you stop to find an exciting world revealed in personal video portraits.

Isolated

Documentary Film
Colombia,
Ecuador,
Mexico
2015
73 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marcela Lizcano, Juan Pablo Solano, Simon Beltrán Echeverri, Sarahi Echeverría
Marcela Lizcano
Daniel Velasco
Marcela Lizcano, Cecilia Madorno
Carla Valencia, Étienne Boussac
Marcela Lizcano
Daniel "el gato" Najar Garcés
The tiny island of Santa Cruz is part of the San Bernardo archipelago off the Colombian Caribbean coast, situated within sight of its big sister Múcura. It’s not really an island, more of a coral reef that fishermen used for storage in the past. Then they brought their families here from the mosquito plagued islands, built huts, and today Santa Cruz is a city: 1,200 square metres, 97 houses, 500 inhabitants. Crowded with people and goods this unlikely place serves as a metaphor for our planet for the Colombian director Marcela Lizcano. El Cabo, an old fisherman and lobster diver, acts as a guide who knows how to describe the changes: fish is running low, the lobsters are disappearing and the sea has already swallowed six of the original 16 islands around Santa Cruz. His reflections lead to a residents’ meeting which demonstrates on a small scale how obstinacy, corruption and greed destroy our world. And then there are the children who roam everywhere and for whom the sea is a playground. Their future is not in Santa Cruz. They are drawn to the mainland, where the fun is. They will miss the sea when they wake up there in the mornings. With “Isolated” the director has created the very affectionate portrait of a community whose crisis mirrors all our problems. The only thing is – where can we go?

Matthias Heeder
International Programme 2015
Sabogal Sergio Mejia Forero, Juan José Lozano

Animated political thriller based on real events in Colombia. A fictitious lawyer is caught in a web of politicians, drug dealers, paramilitaries and the army … Intense.

Sabogal

Animated Film
Colombia
2015
106 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Liliana Rincon
Sergio Mejia Forero, Juan José Lozano
Enrique Bernal
Sergio Mejía Forero
Ana Acosta
Sergio Mejía Forero
Juan José Lozano, Patricia Guerrero, Mauricio Montes, Carlos Peralta
Juan Manuel Mesa
An animated political thriller based on historical events that were among the most notorious cases of human rights violations in Colombia between 1999 and 2009. They include the massacre of Mapiripán, the killings of the professors of the Universidad del Atlántico in Barranquilla, the “false positives” scandal and the Administrative Department of Security‘s wiretapping affair.

The film opens with the real life murder of the comedian and journalist Jaime Garzón in 1999. The human rights lawyer Fernando Sabogal, a fictional character, gets entangled in a long and difficult judicial process to solve this state crime which will reveal the unsavoury links between drug dealers, politicians, paramilitary groups and the armed forces.

This is the first Colombian animation feature that uses motion capture, a technique where the actors’ movements, facial expressions and voices are recorded simultaneously. It was mainly animated in Blender, an open source 3D software. In this case, the animation works as a device to establish some distance to the subject of violence in Colombia. This allows the viewer to get a different perspective, which in fact creates an intense experience.

Victor Orozco