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ROBATIERRA WINNER "BEST DOCUMENTARY FROM THE SOUTH"

The documentary about the Nasa people's struggle for their land won the award for "Best Southern Documentary" in the 32 edition of the Habana Film Festival. More information about the award (in spanish).

WATCH IT

Nov 1, 2012 Harvard University (TBA)
Sept 22, 2012 - 20:15 Resistencia: Focus on Latin America, at Rich Mix Cinema
35 - 47 BETHNAL GREEN ROAD
LONDON, E1 6LA

PREVIOUS SCREENINGS

Mar 25 - 16:30 Cinémathèque de Toulouse : 69 rue du Taur
Apr 8 - 15:00 Havana Film Festival in NYC
Apr 14 - 18:30 Havana Film Festival in NYC
Apr 21 - 24 Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival in Doha, Qatar

SYNOPSIS

In a land where people have known nothing but war, a tightly knit and fiercely proud people, the Nasa, fight for the land stolen from their ancestors while fending off the violence encroaching on their nation. Their charismatic leader is Lucho Acosta, 39, an imposing tactician descended from Indian warriors. He knows from experience that violence only breeds more violence. But facing nearly insurmountable odds, Lucho’s beliefs are tested to their very core. The future of the Nasa hang in the balance.

Directing Miguel Salazar y Margarita Martínez
Production Miguel Salazar y Margarita Martínez
Cinematography Miguel Salazar
Editing Alejandra Almirón y Diego Narciso
Sound Orlando Pérez y Carlos Benavides
Original Music Carlos Benavides, Nusmem, Ennis Rotthof

Margarita Martínez Escallón

A Colombian filmmaker and journalist, Martínez recently finished “Stolen Land” on the indigenous struggle for land in Colombia. Her first film, the 2005 documentary “La Sierra,” won numerous international awards for its raw depiction of Medellín street gangs. She is about to complete “Sniffing the Rainforest,” a documentary that focuses on the environmental damage wrought by the cocaine trade, expected to be released this Fall.

She also directed two shorts. “The battle of silence,” about the murder of a regional journalist in Colombia and the impunity surrounding homicides against journalists in Latin America, (2007). Her second short is “En la tierra del olvido” the Colombian chapter of a BBC series on sexual and reproductive rights, shown on 2008.

For seven years, Martinez covered Colombia’s civil conflict for the Associated Press, moving with ease among Marxist guerrilla chiefs and their arch-enemies, the commanders of right-wing death squads. She got her start at NBC in New York in 1998. Educated as a lawyer in Colombia, Martinez earned masters degrees in journalism and international affairs from Colombia University. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2009.

Miguel Salazar Aparicio

From Bogotá, Colombia, Miguel Salazar works as a director, producer, and director of photography. He received an MFA from the NYU Graduate Film Program. He directed the short film Martillo (Hammer) that won the Prize for Best Short Fiction Film at the 35th Kyiv Film Festival in Ukraine and at the 45th Cartagena International Film Festival. He co-directed The Battle of Silence, a short documentary about impunity in crimes against journalists in Latin America for the Inter American Press Association. His latest film Robatierra (Stolen Land) was pitched at the Toronto Documentary Forum in 2007, received support from the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Sundance Channel, National Geographic All Roads Film Program, and VPRO. Currently, Salazar co-directs next to Angus Gibson (Mandela) a documentary entitled Looking for Colombia, for Pivot Pictures and RCN ENNOVA, on the siege of the Palace of Justice by the M19 guerrillas in 1985. Looking for Colombia will be ready by the end of 2010.
Salazar is also the photographer of the books Panoramic Colombia and Colombia 360º Cities and Towns published by Villegas Editores.