LA OFRENDA

THE OFFERING

By Javier GUTIERREZ, Greg SLAGLE

CALLE LUNA PRODUCCIONES - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2014

The Offering follows the story of two military men, Maicol and Ramiro, who travel into the rural countryside of Bogota, Colombia to find a family, the Flores. Surprisingly to the solders, they find a run down, dilated farm compound.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • COLOMBIA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 23 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Javier GUTIERREZ, Greg SLAGLE
    • Writer(s)
    • Javier GUTIERREZ, Greg SLAGLE
    • Producer(s)
    • Linithd APARICIO (Calle Luna Producciones)
    • Synopsis
    • The sun comes up over a bus depot in the small industrial town of Fusagasuga, Colombia. Two men, Maicol, 25 and Ramiro, 45, silently board the bus, carrying large backpacks.

      Finally, the bus stops on a desolate plateau. Ramiro takes out a hand drawn map and shows it to the driver. “You have to head down that way,” he says pointing in the direction of a dirt path. The bus drives off, leaving Maicol and Ramiro in the middle of nowhere.

      They journey in silence, unsure of where they are or even if they’re moving in the right direction. They come upon a horse-rider and shows him the map as well. He points up a steep incline, ‘Head over this hill, once you see a corral, continue down the other side and you will find them - the Flores family.”

      They start walking. Tired, they throw down their backpacks and rest. “We better change here,” Ramiro tells Maicol. We now realize they are soldiers and Ramiro is clearly of a higher rank.

      They come upon an old farmhouse. Believing they have reached their destination, the straighten themselves and head towards the home. But once reaching the front porch, it is clear no one lives here.

      Again, they continue through the thick forest. Ramiro is in a heightened state of alertness. He suddenly stops, hearing something. In a small clearing, Ramiro sees a figure moving around, He sees a young girl, Luz Maria, trying to catch a chicken yelling, Realizing she is just a local farm girl, Ramiro approaches her.

      Ramiro show her the map and asks if she knows where they can find this family. She says yes and tells them to follow her.

      After a short journey they come upon a run-down, dilapidated farming compound. An elderly woman comes from the kitchen to greet the two soldiers and, once again, Ramiro inquiries about the whereabouts of the Flores family. She confirms that they are the Flores. Ramiro then asks to speak to the man of the house. She tells him, “There is no man of the house.” And she returns to the kitchen. Ramiro collects himself, takes out a few documents and follows her.

      Maicol takes this opportunity to take out a box that he’s been carrying and go to find Luz Maria. She is rubbing some sort of homemade compound on his skin. Maicol tells her that he was a close friend of Juan’s. And when no one showed up to collect his things, he thought he should bring them. She thanks him and tells him to put the box on the table. But he also takes out a letter he had in his jacket and lays it on the top of the box.

      In the kitchen, Ramiro is informing Mrs. Flores why he thinks Juan did what he did. He gives her a document that shows where Juan is buried.
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