True Story - Completed 2016

This film follows the personal quest of María Jose Pizarro, when she decides to stop running to confront her personal history. Her father Carlos Pizarro was the last revolutionary commander to sign a peace treaty with the government, and was murdered in mysterious circumstances 45 days later.

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Huelva 2016
Colon de Oro
Huelva 2016
Colon de Oro
Ventana Sur 2017
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    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • True Story, Social issues, Documentary
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    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 83 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Simon HERNANDEZ
    • Writer(s)
    • Simon HERNANDEZ
    • Producer(s)
    • Maria jose PIZARRO, Simon HERNANDEZ (La Popular), Christian BITAR (La Popular)
    • Synopsis
    • This is a story about the burden of family heritage. María Jose's life has been marked by a constant movement and the denial of her identity because of her parents being involved in the guerrilla. She has changed her surname three times, during her childhood she lived in 3 different countries. Finally ten years ago she went into exile to Barcelona, Spain. The place where our movie begins.
      After 8 years in exile she realizes that no matter how far she runs she can ́t escape from her fathers image. She takes the decision to end the exile, return to Colombia to build her father’s memory and raise the questions of his murder.
      Carlos Pizarro was an iconic figure of his time. He came from a wealthy family. He rebelled against all his privileges and joined the guerrilla determined to have a revolution. After fighting for more than 15 years, he was the first guerrilla commander in Latin American history to sign the peace with the government.
      Pizarro became a presidential candidate, after 45 days of peace, he was betrayed and killed in an commercial flying airplane.
      Carlos Pizarro's death marks the end of the last successful peace process in Colombia. His death, like the deaths of other presidential candidates, Carlos Galan, Bernardo Jaramillo, and other left wing politicians, show the existence of a murderer apparatus which systematically eliminated these leaders. Murders that still today remain unpunished.
      Through this personal quest we witness her healing process with people who shared directly or indirectly their life with Carlos in order to understand his decisions that led him to his death. Maria understands that Carlos had a tragical destiny marked in his face. He knew the moment he signed the peace with the government he was a dead man. Knowing this he walked all the way to meet his destiny.
      María José represents the sons and daughters in Colombia’s history that grew up with out parents. Sons of an exterminated generation that now are recovering their own history. By building her own personal memory she is also building the countries memory. Twenty years after his murder, she is prepared to lift the veil and discover a chapter of her countries history silenced by violence and fear. By her actions she has changed her own history and the history that surrounds her. Now when the Colombia’s is at the verge of another peace treaty, her quest becomes not just a personal one.
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