The search for truth at the Ituango Film Festival

More than 30 works between short films and feature films were exhibited in different places in the urban area of ​​Ituango and the village of El Aro in the tenth edition.

5 days showing the best of regional, national and Cuban cinema as a guest country. More than 30 works between short films and feature films were exhibited in different places in the urban area of ​​Ituango and the corregimiento of El Aro.

The municipality received the visit of important personalities of the cinema, cultural managers, leaders and social leaders who exchanged experiences with the inhabitants of the municipality in the different programmed activities.

In its tenth edition, the festival awarded special recognitions to the different participants, allies and collaborators of the film event who have contributed to the consolidation of a space for the defense of cultural and territorial rights for 10 years.

The tenth edition of the Ituango Film Festival was lived with great emotion and gratitude. The heavy rains and fog were not an impediment for the inhabitants of the municipality and different guests to participate in this celebration
around the cinema

They are 10 years transforming the territory with a bet that promotes the creation and culture of peace in a community that for many years has resisted the phenomenon of violence. The seventh art arrived in Ituango to stay. The municipal theater, the Cultural Center, the Pedro Nel Ospina Educational Institution, the Chapinero neighborhood, the Corregimiento de El Aro became stages for audiovisual and cinematographic projection. Films such as THE MATÍAS TREE, THE KINGS OF THE WORLD, AMPARO, AMONG THE FOG, SONGS THAT FLOOD THE RIVER, TUNDAMA and LA CIUDAD DE LAS FIERAS were very well received, generating conversations and reflections at the end of each performance.

The Audiovisual Creation laboratory brought together members of the Ituango Communications Collective belonging to the urban area and rural areas.

Throughout the week they actively participated and created stories that were screened on the closing day. The thematic forums and meetings gathered thoughts around the central theme and the cinema made in the regions.

Cuba, the guest country, presented a panorama of representative films such as NOW!, VAMPIRES IN THE BEAN, I AM CUBA and FRESA Y CHOCOLATE.

The children of Ituango watched selected shorts from the competing section NARRATIVES OF THE REGION and the feature film TUNDAMA, they created characters and enjoyed the crispetas. And for the first time, the film festival brought a very special program to the Corregimiento de El Aro which, in the midst of a meeting for life 25 years after the barbarism that occurred there, enjoyed an audiovisual display of the Suitcase of Cultural Diversity of the Ministry of Culture, the legacy of the Truth Commission and the feature film A LOMO Y HERRADURA filmed in that place a few years ago and which the inhabitants saw for the first time.

In addition to cinema, its coverage and social projection, the festival leaves the impact on other stages as a positive balance. Hotels, restaurants and the local transportation company were active participants and fundamental allies in this edition that also seeks to boost the local economy.

The Festival was organized by the Ituango Mayor’s Office through the Ituango Education Secretariat, the Nelson Acevedo de Ituango House of Culture and Viana Producciones. It had the support of the Cuban Embassy in Colombia, the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry – ICAIC, the Colombian Movement of Solidarity With Cuba, EPM we are there, the Ministry of Culture, Comfama, De la Urbe, the ITM University Institution through of its Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Truth Commission and the National Association of Festivals, Exhibitions and Cinematographic and Audiovisual Events of Colombia – ANAFE.

He was the winner of the Call to Support Antioquia Film Festivals 2022 of the ICPA – Institute of Culture and Heritage of Antioquia – ICPA.

By: Carolina Ochoa November 10, 2022

The search for truth at the Ituango Film Festival – Cauca Regional Indigenous Council – CRIC