Gorgona, Stories on the Run

(La Gorgona, historias fugadas)
Colombia, 2013
Duration: 
1:13

Spanish with English subtitles.

Director/Cinematographer/Editor/Producer: Camilo Botero Writer: Carol Ann Figueroa Research: Silvia Luz Gutiérrez Sound: Luis Jaime Ángel
Illustration: Alejandra Estrada Music: Mauricio López

Twenty-five years of stories from a tropical island prison. An inmate who harvested oranges, another who clandestinely sold coconuts. A birthday in solitary confinement and a dead body on the beach. An inmate who polished shoes while another distilled moonshine in secret. Several prisoners attempted, but just one escaped; dozens of sharks lurked in the waters, but only one attacked. From 1960 to 1985, a maximum security prison operated on the paradisiacal island of Gorgona, 35km off the Pacific Coast of Colombia. This documentary builds an intriguing narrative about survival, combining breathtaking shots of the island’s natural splendor with personal accounts from former inmates and guards.

An innovative and at the same time socially well-researched work.
Dieter Wieczorek, FIPRESCI

El escape de un policía y la vigilancia a cargo de un penado. Un preso que cosechaba naranjas, otro que vendía cocos sin permiso. Un cumpleaños en el calabozo y un cuerpo sin vida que llegó a la playa. Un interno que se dedicaba a brillar zapatos mientras que otro fabricaba licor artesanal a escondidas. Varios intentos y sólo una fuga, decenas de tiburones y una sola mordida. Este trabajo abarca 25 años de prisión en una isla llamada La Gorgona, situada a 35 kilómetros al oeste de la costa del Pacífico en Colombia. Un lugar paradisíaco donde funcionó de 1960 a 1985 una prisión para condenados a más de 12 años de reclusión por homicidio.

01-Sep-2014
5:00 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Camilo Botero (b.1976, Medellín, Colombia) studied film editing at EICTV in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. His first documentary feature, 16memorias, screened in 36 festivals and won 12 international awards. La Gorgona, his second feature, won the Second Coral Documentary Prize at the Havana Film Festival in 2013.

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