CARTA A MATÍAS

LETTER TO MATIAS

By Pilar PERDOMO MUNÉVAR

MEDUSA FILMS - as PROD

Animation - Development 2015

My grandfather was killed 61 years ago, since then all the faily generation are still hurt.
One day my son ask me a father... In that moment began the search about our origin.
Our story is the same that Colombian history. We need tell this to my son and to all the Colombian children.

Festivals
& Awards

Bolivia Lab 2014 2014
Pitching Forum
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Animation, Historical, Documentary
    • Countries
    • COLOMBIA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 70 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Pilar PERDOMO MUNÉVAR
    • Writer(s)
    • Pilar PERDOMO MUNÉVAR
    • Producer(s)
    • Pilar PERDOMO (MEDUSA FILMS), Milko CORONEL (Ki Visual S.A.)
    • Synopsis
    • When Grandfather Daniel was beheaded in front of two of his sons, at the beginning of the armed conflict in Colombia, my father was only two years of age so no memories left of his father.
      The only image that my father has of grandfather is a small ID photo.

      Seeing his photo, his ears call my attention. They are big and the left ear is larger and higher. My dad and my son Matthias ears, 5 years, ears are alike.
      When my son was three years old, he said he wanted me to have a boyfriend, that I could have another baby so he would have a little brother and a father at home.
      That day I asked myself more deeply why most women of the family are single mothers?

      We traveled back in time to look into our family and the national history; our origin, so as to find the keys to our present and our future. After my grandfather assassination, my grandmother had to leave her farm, asked for help to relatives in town and left her children there while she earned some money to support them.
      The family fell apart and each member had to make a living amid material and emotional deprivation.
      Women became cleaning ladies in the houses where they arrived and were maids all their life. All were or are single mothers. And their daughters were too.
      Of the men in the family only my father could attend college.
      The brothers were only reunited in Bogota eight years after his father’s dead. They never talked about their lives during that separation period. We need to know that and reconstruct grandfather’s image for all of us.

      Thousands of Colombian families have lived these stories of rootlessness, pain and courage since the beginning of the armed conflict (1947) until today.

      The footprint of violence that my grandfather murder left has been present in different ways in the men of my family.
      The most recent and extreme case is a cousin teenager son who joined the paramilitaries being wounded in combat in the jungle.

      I always thought this story burden was carried mostly by my uncles and cousins. Until that day when my son asked me for a father. As if a feeling of distrust were sown in women and the idea that men will always leave us raising children alone, as it happened to my grandmother with her six children. Then, women choose men that leaves or who never will be presesents. And children continue growing up with this absence.

      It's time to go back to the root, for the first time all the brothers are traveling to their home town, to the lost home after 61 years, and reconnect to that mutilated root.

      Our history is the history of Colombia, to get to known both is the essential and urgent journey we must undertake to get rid of the circle in which we have fallen, so as to build a true peace with ourselves and as a society.
      I need to tell this story to my son and to all the children of Colombia.
    • Partners & financing
    • We have 20% of budget in Development and image and sound posproduction.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jan 11, 2015
    • End of shooting
    • Jun 23, 2015
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