Requiem NN (2013)
The town of Puerto Berrío, which sits on a bend in Colombia's Magdalena River, has been at the center of the conflict between various armed groups such as guerrillas, the army, paramilitaries and drug traffickers, enduring uninterrupted cycles of violence. For over 30 years, local townspeople have fished out the remains of victims of violence, called No Names (NNs), drifting downstream. Yet for over several years now, the locals have adopted these unidentified corpses and given them names. They decorate and visit their graves, and honor their memory as one would for a lost family member-all because, according to their faith, this guarantees divine protection and special favors Since 2006, Echavarría has traveled to the Puerto Berrío's cemetery to document these rituals, first through photography (also titled "Réquiem NN"), then in the video "Novenario en espera," and now through film. With a lyrical and reflective eye, the film addresses the ways in which we respond to violence by portraying a community that restores the value and dignity of life while confronting bitter cruelty and loss. RÉQUIEM NN is ultimately a tale of resistance and resilience. (c) Lulo … More
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Though an evocative portrait of a particular place, Juan Manuel Echavarría's slender documentary never feels as though it's telling the whole story.
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