Sunday, May 22, 2011

Movies - Behind the beauty of the mountain, war

"My grandfather was killed during La Violencia in the 1950s [period of civil war between Liberals and Conservatives in Colombia and left more than 200,000 dead]," said Carlos Cesar Arbelaez, director of Colors Mountain, at the Rencontres Cinemas in Latin America of Toulouse. He also reported seeing more dead one of his friends in the wars of neighborhoods in Medellín [Colombia's second city], and the tone of his voice, the strength of his arguments, he moved this way weaving before our eyes this inspiring story, there is no doubt that we are seeing is the result of a powerful reflection of all that violence destroys deep and delicate.

Carlos Cesar Arbeláez had an ambition and more effective than a stronger denunciation than a complaint: a poetic development, emotional and respect, the friendships of childhood, and how the world can destroy . A work on the exhibition of violence without violence, atrocity told through modesty and simplicity, evoking the world of emotions, friendships, solidarity, sinking into the embrace insidious wars but also demonstrates that there are more powerful than hate: This yearning to normality and living together.

Without major speech or proclamation, Colors of the Mountain makes us understand, by the plain language of everyday life and in a setting of beautiful landscapes that no war can not wither the beauty, how the feelings of ordinary people are powerful and durable and even war will never destroy this nucleus of nobility and quiet heroism.

As the heroism of this father who tries to resist the inertia of hostility or nobility of this solitary teacher who tries to save the dignity of his school. But Carlos Cesar Arbeláez can also boast of a success even deeper: he not only created for us, spectators, three unforgettable characters of simplicity and truth, three friends united by small celebration of childhood and separated misfortunes which grew by an erosion in such homes and minds.

He also and especially in a country where poverty has been addressed by the cartoon, demonstrated its ability to portray humanity tenacious humblest of these victims long violence that may not change their lives that 'understanding, ultimately, the extent of their own dignity. This film is not a film about displaced, a conventional story about violence and its aftermath.

It is elsewhere, in the heart of some children who are learning the pain, find solitude and absence. What we called The Colors of the Mountain, is how we human beings in all circumstances, how we are made of this material common to all humanity. And for this, not because we are victims, but because we belong to a species that has always learn and triumph is for that reason that we deserve that terminate these stupid wars and opens a life more generous, more full.

The context in which these children live is abnormal, but they are normal, they are an overwhelming humanity, as the kids of Dickens or Mark Twain. A more solid ground that all powers of the planet.

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