The streets of Medellín, Columbia, are the setting for Catalina Arroyave’s debut feature, The Days of the Whale. The streets she shows us are filled with color because of the music and graffiti artwork. But those streets are also places of darkness because of the crime that fills the city. Cristina (Laura Tobón) and Simón… [Read More]
In the port city of Buenaventura, Columbia, a young man and his friends struggle to escape their poverty. Their weapon in this war is dance. In We Are the Heat, Harvey and his crew battle corruption, drug traffickers, and other dance crews as they try to find not just a new life, but redemption from… [Read More]
I recently had the chance to take part in a roundtable interview with the directors of Birds of Passage, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra. The film tells the story of a clan of indigenous people in Columbia who become involved with the drug trade, bringing ruin to their traditional values. Q: You’re telling a story… [Read More]
“If there’s family, there’s respect. If there’s respect, there’s honor. If there’s honor, there’s word. If there’s word, there’s peace.” Among the Wagúu people of northern Columbia, family is the basis for everything. If that is not cared for, step by step, all values will erode until society falls apart. In Birds of Passage, Columbia’s… [Read More]
Manned space exploration has been stuck in orbit around our own planet for nearly fifty years. Is it time to change all that?
This conflict about reality is essentially a spiritual and metaphysical question. Even within Western thought there often arise conflicts between science and religion—even between different scientific views and different religious views.