Social communicator from the University of the Valle. Master’s degree in script writing from the University Autonomous of Madrid. Specialization in dramaturgy from University of Antioquia and Fine Arts of Cali. Master in Creation and Stage Direction from University of the Valle. Associate Professor of the audio-visual area, School of Social Communication, University of the Valle. Manager and director of the Specialization in Audiovisual Practices at University of the Valle. Manager and director of the International Diplomat the Documentary of Creation, University of the Valle. Director of the Faces and Traces program. Creative director of the documentary series “Under the same sky” India Catalina Award 2017. Creative director of the series of Señal Colombia and University of the Valle: “Life’s Crossed”, “In moving”, “World Region”. Director of the fiction feature film “I am another”. Director of the feature-length documentaries “Golden Claws: open wound on a continent”; “An open-sky grave”; “Fragile Bodies”; “War News in Colombia”. Co-director of short documentary films, among others: “Oscar Muñoz: Time, Memory, Death”; Charlux Rex; “Fernell Franco: Writing of Lights and Shadows”; “The Devil’s Project”, “An Underground Angel”.
4 SHORT FILMS + Bonus film
1h. 37min. 16s.
THE DEVIL’S PROJECT
EL PROYECTO DEL DIABLO
This documentary proposal moves on the frontiers of narrative fiction on the one hand, and audiovisual lyric on the other.
It arises from research into the life story of “La larva”, a young anarchist from the University of the Valle in the late seventies, who would later become a gangster in New York, sentenced to life in prison in Attica and Sing Sing, and a member of a mafia organization in the Cali of the nineties.
“Satan” is a “Faustian” character: He is not simply a scoundrel, an adventurer, a Colombian rogue embarked on dangerous adventures. He coincides as a character, with that of Faust handled in many versions as a nonconformist intellectual, a marginal and suspicious character, who loses control of the energies of his mind; these energies go on to acquire a life of their own, dynamic and highly explosive. Also, like Goethe’s Faust, both the character and those who have surrounded him, have suffered, with great personal intensity, many of the dramas and traumas of their society, and in the case of “La Larva”, of the history of Colombian cities crossed by the meridian of drug trafficking, of wild international capitalism, of dynamic, transforming and terrible processes.
1999, Colombia | 25min. 7s.
AN UNDERGROUND ANGEL
UN ÁNGEL SUBTERRÁNEO
Of the old stock of cursed men, Álvaro Álvarez had been held in hospitals for the mentally ill for two decades at the time of this documentary in 1990. The work arose starting from the research of a group of social communication students from the University of the Valle, that spanned a whole periplus of visits and interviews by the city’s hospices and mental reclusion houses, where occurred a meeting with a lucid, cultured and enlightened man, as if madness were a form of lucidity or, to put it another way, lucidity was a form of madness.
With an intimate camera that is consigning the facts, the spaces, the objects, the characters, in a fragmented way, the documentary follows the life of Álvaro Álvarez in a room at the Cottolengo and in a bursting Cali of the 1990s.
The color has been shifted to black and white due to the poor condition of the copy.