Directed by acclaimed Colombian artist Juan Manuel Echavarría Olano, this evocative documentary film portrays a community that defies the culture of violence by keeping alive the memory of the disappeared. The town of Puerto Berrío has endured 30 years of violence between armed guerrillas, the army, paramilitaries and drug traffickers. Local townspeople have fished out the remains of victims of violence, called No Names (NNs), drifting downstream. They adopted and baptized these unidentified corpses and decorate and visit their graves as one would for a lost family member — all because, according to their faith, this guarantees divine protection.
Since 2006, Echavarría has traveled to Puerto Berrío's cemetery to document these rituals, first through photography and now through film.
The screening will be introduced by producer Margarita De la Vega Hurtado.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
$10 general admission; $8 MFAH members, seniors and students with ID.
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