FIC | 01:20 | SWITZERLAND
DIRECTOR JORGE CADENA| SCREENPLAY JORGE CADENA
An investigative journalist is murdered in 1999 in Barranquilla, the capital of northern Colombia. Her investigations into the El Cerrejón coal mine, the largest open-cast mine in the world, were bothering some people. Twenty years later, her son Lucas, a writer, returns to Barranquilla to catch up with his family and have a talk with his uncle, who is the president of the mining consortium. Lucas meets his cousin Carlos, a transgender who has been ostracized by his father. A mind-blowing discovery radically changes the situation. Together with a group of activists, the decision is taken to organize a commando operation to expose the mafia-like goings-on in connection with the exploitation of the mine: the social media are the sounding board of some astonishing information – and all this in the context of the Barranquilla carnival, the largest in Colombia.
Jorge Cadena, Director
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1985, Jorge Cadena studied photography in Buenos Aires. In 2016, he gained his bachelor degree in film at HEAD – Geneva with his film El Cuento de Antonia, which received high honours from the Jury, and went on to win the Tiger Award for Short Films at the Rotterdam Festival in 2017.
He is currently studying for a master degree in film at ECAL/HEAD. In his research, he seeks to open up subversive spaces to render visible what is intimate and marginalized. Jorge Cadena works at the borderline between documentary and fiction with an interest in the relationship between memory and history. His work reveals a reflection on the different layers of violence in our society. After a teaching experience in Colombia, he has shown his work in international exhibitions and film festivals and more recently at Nouveau cinéma Montréal 2015, Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement BIM (Center
of Contemporary Art Geneva) in 2016 and Visions du Réel 2016. He won the Tiger award for short films 2017 at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam.
Filmography (selection)The Sisters Jarariju, fiction, 2018 Sonali, doc, 2017
The Tale of Antonia, fiction, 2016
The Three Swallows, doc, 2016
Mapalé, essai doc, 2015