Juan Manuel Echavarria

Juan Manuel Echavarría: Coping with Violence, Defying Oblivion

“A touching visual essay
 about a small town caught 
in the midst of a very large and dangerous conflict.” —Cinespect

Jack H. Skirball Series

A novelist–turned–artist, photographer and videomaker, Juan Manuel Echavarría screens two films in which peasants in his native Colombia devise original ways of coping with entrenched everyday violence—bloody conflict among guerrillas, army, paramilitaries and drug traffickers that has persisted for decades. In Bocas de Ceniza (Mouths of Ash, 2003–04, digital video, 18 min.), subjects look directly to the camera and mourn the toll of violence in individually created folk songs. The second documentary, Réquiem NN (2013, digital video, 67 min.), takes place in the town of Puerto Berrío on the Magdalena River—from which local residents regularly fish out the remains of victims of violence. Burying the so-called “No Names” (“NNs”), the townspeople adopt the fallen as their own: they give them names, invent personal histories, and decorate and visit their tombs.

In person: Juan Manuel Echavarría, Margarita De la Vega-Hurtado

Funded in part with generous support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

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MON 5/5
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff