Burning Land

Direction
Year 
2019
Country
  • Colombia 
Duration
29min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

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.

Details

  • 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
    2019
  • 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

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