Jun 9, 2005
Directed by Scott Dalton & Margarita Martinez
Rated Not Rated, 95 min.
Part of the Best of Slamdance Series
La Sierra, the Grand Jury Honorable Mention for best documentary at Slamdance 2005, is an intimate, meditative exploration of violence, youth, and community. A small neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia, La Sierra is ruled by a gang of young men, mostly teenagers, affiliated with Colombia?s illegal paramilitary armies. The film chronicles a war-torn year in the neighborhood, as told through three young lives: Edison, a 22-year old paramilitary leader and father of six, Cielo, a 17-year old mother, widow, and jailhouse girlfriend, and Jesus, a 19 year-old paramilitary fighter and drug addict.
In a place where journalists are seldom allowed, the filmmakers spent a year interviewing, building trust, and bearing witness to La Sierra?s poverty and warfare. The result is a frank portrayal that not only includes scenes of graphic violence and its aftermath, but also reveals the love and faith that allows community to survive.
An Unforgettable Film - Miami Hearld
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