CANTOS QUE INUNDAN AL RÍO

CHANTS THAT FLOOD THE RIVER

By Germán ARANGO

PASOLINI EN MEDELLÍN - as PROD

Documentary - Post-Production 2019

Oneida was still a child when she learned the tradition of singing for the dead. War led her to become a songwriter, reassuming the melody of the funeral chants and finding inspiration in the suffering of her people. From her courtyard, she realizes that her wounds are also her inspiration.

    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Social issues, Musical
    • Countries
    • COLOMBIA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH-COLOMBIAN
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 78 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Germán ARANGO
    • Writer(s)
    • German ARANGO, Gustavo VASCO
    • Producer(s)
    • Ana María MUÑOZ (PASOLINI EN MEDELLÍN)
    • Synopsis
    • When Oneida was a child, she learned to sing alabados, traditional funeral chants used by the black communities of the Colombian Pacific to bid farewell to the dead and secure a safe return to the realm of the souls. When she was eight years old, a snake devoured her left leg, leaving her for life in a village set deep in the jungle, that could only be reached through the river and stricken by the terror and violence of armed groups that have been in conflict for over two decades.

      Oneida fights her fear of war by writing songs that use the melody of traditional alabado chants over lyrics that tell the horror of war. In 2002, more than a hundred people died by the explosion of a gas cylinder that was thrown by an armed group into the church, where peopple were searching for shelter.

      The hope of putting an end to the armed conflict through the peace agreements undertaken by the government and the FARC-EP rebel group, took Oneida miles away from her village and river, allowing her chants to be heard around the world. However, her happiness did not last for long and the river has been stained with the darkness of war all over again.

      At the courtyard of her house, Oneida sings about her past and carries out countless household chores, imagining the different paths that her life could have followed. She wonders if her destiny will forever be marked by misfortune and at the same time, she realizes that her scars are the source of her strength.