Scene from the film Burning Land
Scene from the film Burning Land
Scene from the film Burning Land

Burning Land

  • Colombia
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In northern Colombia there is a popular version of the Spanish bullfight: the ‘corraleja’, an overcrowded spectacle where the most prestigious cattlemen of the region choose their wildest bulls to confront a group of brave voluntary men. As the brass bands start to play and the fireworks fuel the tempers, we follow one of these ranchers while he orchestrates the festivity, and discover behind him a whole society as it surrenders to the excesses of the celebration. Before long the party reveals the theatrics of an established social order in permanent confrontation, intensified by a collective delirium which seems to overcome all conscience. Through the images and sounds of this boiling stage, the film slowly immerses us into the wild, into the primitive, into the dark shadows of mankind; all of this to remind us –behind the noise, the sweat and the blood– the arrogance and vulnerability of our human nature.


  • Original title
    Arde la Tierra
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Juan Camilo Olmos Feris
  • Editing
    Andrés Rojas, Felipe Polo, Jorge Cadena, Juan Camilo Olmos Feris
  • Sound
    Gabriel Bocanegra
  • Duration
    29 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Colombia
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • IDFA, Amsterdam 2019
    • Black Movie FF, Geneva 2020
    • Carnaval de las Artes, Barranquilla 2020
    • Indie Grits FF, Columbia 2020
    • DocsMX, 2020
    • Copenhagen SFF 2020
    • Bogoshorts 2020
  • Awards
    • Best Documentary Short Film Havana Film Festival 2019
    • Best Documentary Short Film Panorama of Colombian Cinema, Paris 2020 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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