The Land Left Behind

  • Germany
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Solangel, Ruben and Teodoro walk around through the chaos of the densely populated city of Bogotá. They are looking for food, money and a little justice. They feel the painful experiences of the past; all of them were violently forced to leave their lands. They take hold of the new lives forced upon them and fight their conflicts with dignity, endurance and some humor. “The Land Left Behind” tells of the fate that befalls three people who have ended up in the Moloch that is the Colombian city of Bogotá. On a daily basis, Solangel, Ruben and Teodoro walk about through the chaos of dirt, noise and crowds. There’s always a challenge: they have to find money, food and work for themselves and their families to survive. A few months back they had a small piece of land, work and family and friends around them. As a result of brutal violence and threats from the FARC guerillas, paramilitary units and the military, they were forced to leave their home.

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  • Original title
    La tierra se quédo
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Juan Sarmiento
  • Editing
    Martin Reimers
  • Music
    Cesar Diaz
  • Sound
    Johannes Varga
  • Duration
    77 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (HFF) "Konrad Wolf"
      • Marlene-Dietrich Allee 11
      • D-14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg
      • Germany
      • web:
  • Distribution
      • Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (HFF) "Konrad Wolf"
      • Marlene-Dietrich Allee 11
      • D-14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg
      • Germany
      • web:
  • Festivals
    • 50th Cartagena International Film Festival, Colombia.
    • 22nd Toulouse Latin American Film Festival, France
    • 28th Uruguay International Film Festival,
    • 17th CineLatino Tübingen. Germany
    • 39th Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival, Germany
    • 5th Monaco Charity Film Festival, Monte Carlo.
    • 13th FIDOCS International Documentary Film Festival, Santiago.
    • Slow Film Festival. Eger, Hungary.
    • 3rd Tranzyt International Documentary Film Festival, Poland
    • 6th SANFIC. Santiago International Film Festival, Chile
    • 1st Latin American Film Festival Mainz. Germany
    • 7th Festicine Panamá.
    • 1st Monteria International Film Festival – Montería, Colombia.
    • 7th Itineraires Latinamerican Film Festival. Brussels, Belgium.
    • 2nd Golden Eye Film Festival, Tbilisi, Geogia
    • 25th Trieste Latin American Film Festival. Italy
    • 12th International Documentary Encounters Bogota. Colombia
    • 2nd Cali International Film Festival. Cali, Colombia
    • 2nd Realidad Latina Film Festival. Antwerpen, Belgium
    • 14th OFF CINEMA International Film Festival. Poznan, Poland
    • 11th AluCine Latin Media Arts Festival. Toronto, Canada (Opening film)
    • 4th Doc Est, Isia, Rumania
    • 12th Filmar America Latina Film Festival– Geneve, Switzerland
    • Amnesty Filmevening. Cologne, Germany
    • 3rd Cine B Film Festival. Santiago, Chile
    • International Festival of Audiovisual Programs. Biarritz, France
    • SurDocs Film Festival. Puerto Varas, Chile
    • Festival de los Derechos Humanos. Sucre, Bolivia
    • 2nd Festival CineMigrante, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • 2nd LAKINO Film Festival, Berlín, Alemania
    • Videoteca del Sur, New York City, EEUU
    • 4th This Human World Human Rights Film Festival, Viena, Austria
    • La Díaspora 2010 – Neustadt, Germany 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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