Colombia | doc | HD | color | 53 min (TV) & 72 (theatrical) | 2021

Film info

  • SYNOPSIS

    Oneida was still a child when she learned the Afro-Colombian tradition of singing “alabados” to accompany the dead on their journey to purgatory. With one leg devoured by a snake, and a war without truce, she became the composer of new songs and made her wounds a source of inspiration. Today, Oneida’s compositions unite to the voice of millions in the reconciliation process of a country with one of the longest wars in history.

    ABOUT THE FILM

    Along the riverbank in the small community of Bellavista, a young Oneida learned to sing alabados, traditional funeral chants sung by Afro-Colombians on the Pacific coast to bid farewell to the dead as they return to the realm of souls. When she was eight years old, a snake devoured her leg, leaving her for dead in the jungle—a looming metaphor for what was to come. Oneida and her community found themselves in the midst of terror as war escalated in Colombia and their town became the site of one of Colombia’s deadliest confrontations, the Boyajá Massacre. As an adult, Oneida’s alabados are now sung for the millions of souls who have suffered as a result of this conflict. Mesmerizing and hypnotic director Germán Arango, together with Oneida, weave a melodious tale marking the scars of her misfortune and that of Colombia’s, to realize a healed future. (Heather Haynes | Hot Docs)
     

    PLOT KEYWORDS

    Latin American history | culture & identity | Colombia | massacres and civil war | memory & loss | rural communities | Afro culture | history | archive material | music | conflict resolution

    CREW & CAST

    Original title: CANTOS QUE INUNDAN EL RÍO
    International title: SONGS THAT FLOOD THE RIVER
    Language: Spanish
    Directed by: Germán Arango Rendón (Aka LUCKAS PERRO)
    Producer: Ana María Muñoz
    Writers: Germán Arango y Gustavo Vasco
    Production company: Pasolini en Medellín
    Country of production: Colombia
    Genre: Documental musical
    Running time: 52 min (tv version) & 72 min (theatrical)
    Cinematography: Liberman Arango
    Sound: Andrés Acevedo
    Editor: Gustavo Vasco
    Sound design: Guido Beremblum
    Composer: Oneida Orejuela Barco &
    Cantadoras de Bojayá
    Production: 2016 – 2021
    Completed: 2021
    Filming location: Pogue, Bojayá, Chocó, Colombia

    FESTIVALS & AWARDS
    • Nina S. De Friedemann Visual Anthropology Fellowship. Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History (ICANH) 2016
    • Winner Film Development Fund FDC-Proimágenes Colombia 2017
    • Winning project. Bogotá Audiovisual Market – BAM 2018
    • World Premiere. Official Selection Hotdocs 2021
    • US Premiere. Official Selection True/False Film Festival 2021
    • Honorable Mention by the Jury. Camden International Film Festival 2021

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  • SINOPSIS

    Oneida aprendió desde niña la tradición afrocolombiana de cantar a los muertos para acompañarlos en su viaje al purgatorio. La guerra la llevó a hacerse compositora retomando las melodías de los cantos fúnebres para narrar lo que su gente estaba padeciendo. Desde el patio de su casa ella canta su pasado, mientras se da cuenta que sus heridas son a la vez su propia fuerza. Hoy, sus cantos hacen parte del clamor de paz de una región impactada por una de las guerras más extensas del mundo.

    FICHA TÉCNICA

    Título original: CANTOS QUE INUNDAN EL RÍO
    Título internacional: SONGS THAT FLOOD THE RIVER
    Idioma original: español
    Dirección: Germán Arango Rendón (“LUCKAS PERRO”)
    Producido por: Ana María Muñoz
    Guion: Germán Arango y Gustavo Vasco
    Casa Productora: Pasolini en Medellín
    País: Colombia
    Género: Documental musical
    Duracion: 52 min (tv) y 72 min (theatrical)
    Director de fotografía: Liberman Arango
    Sonido: Andrés Acevedo
    Montaje: Gustavo Vasco
    Diseño sonoro: Guido Beremblum
    Música original: Oneida Orejuela Barco
    Musica preexistente: Cantadoras de Bojayá
    Años de producción: 2016 – 2021
    Año de finalización: 2021
    Locaciones: Pogue, Bojayá, Chocó, Colombia.

    FESTIVALES Y PREMIOS
    • Beca de antropología visual Nina S. De Friedemann. Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia (ICANH) 2016
    • Ganador Fondo para el Desarrollo Cinematográfico FDC-Proimágenes Colombia 2017: producción de largometraje
    • Proyecto premiado en el Bogotá Audiovisual Market BAM 2018
    • Premiere Mundial. Selección Oficial Hotdocs 2021
    • Premiere en los EUA. Selección Oficial True/False Film Festival 2021
    • Mención Especial. Camden International Film Festival 2021, EUA

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  • SINOPSE

    Oneida aprendeu desde criança a tradição afro-colombiana de cantar aos mortos para acompanhá-los em sua jornada ao purgatório. A guerra a levou a se tornar uma compositora, pegando as melodias dos cantos fúnebres para narrar o que seu povo estava sofrendo. Do pátio de sua casa ela canta seu passado, percebendo que suas feridas também são sua própria força. Hoje, suas canções fazem parte do grito pela paz em uma região impactada por uma das guerras mais longas do mundo.

    FICHA TÉCNICA

    Título original: CANTOS QUE INUNDAN EL RÍO
    Título internacional: SONGS THAT FLOOD THE RIVER
    Idioma original: espanhol
    Direção: Germán Arango Rendón (“LUCKAS PERRO)
    Producido por: Ana María Muñoz
    Roteiro: Germán Arango y Gustavo Vasco
    Casa Produtora: Pasolini en Medellín
    País: Colombia
    Gênero: Documental musical
    Duração: 52 min (tv) e 72 min (theatrical)
    Diretor de fotografia: Liberman Arango
    Som: Andrés Acevedo
    Montagem: Gustavo Vasco
    Design de som: Guido Beremblum
    Música original: Oneida Orejuela Barco
    Música preexistente: Cantadoras de Bojayá
    Anos de produção: 2016 – 2021
    Ano de finalização: 2021
    Locação: Pogue, Bojayá, Chocó, Colômbia

    FESTIVAIS E PRÊMIOS
    • Bolsa de antropologia visual Nina S. De Friedemann. Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia (ICANH)- 2016
    • Vencedor Fundo para o Desenvolvimento Cinematográfico FDC- Proimágenes Colombia 2017
    • Projeto premiado no Bogotá Audiovisual Market BAM 2018
    • Premiere Mundial. Seleção Oficial Hotdocs 2021
    • Premiere nos EUA. Seleção Oficial True/False Film Festival 2021
    • Menção Especial. Camden International Film Festival 2021, EUA

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Screening

  • TRAILER

Reviews

  • True/False: Two for One, or Two Halves Make a Whole? Patricia Aufderheide for IDA (International Documentary Association)
    “One of two of my favorites…the story keeps a focus on the village community, its creative leaders, and the long struggle for justice.” [Full Review]
     
  • Heather Haynes for HOT DOCS International Spectrum program
    “Mesmerizing and hypnotic, director Germán Arango, together with Oneida, weave a melodious tale marking the scars of her misfortune and that of Colombia’s, to realize a healed future.” [Full Review]
     
  • 3 films from this year’s True/False festival. Piers Marchant for THE ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT GAZETTE
    “..a sort of silent visual poetry” [Full Review]
     
  • True/False Festival 2021: Highlights of a Virtual Event. Vikram Murthi for ROGER EBERT.COM
    “The formal eeriness ultimately enriches the community’s cultural vibrancy, illustrating how the alabado emanates from a place of strength. People like Oneida channel their considerable pain into a rich artistic tradition that serves to process those emotions and honor those who have passed..” [Full Review]
     
  • Los trazos de la memoria en Pogue, Bojayá. María Paula Lizarazo for EL ESPECTADOR
    “The film “Songs that flood the river” (2021) tells in parallel the story of Oneida, “alabadora” from Bojayá, and the reality of the municipality during and after the signing of the Peace Agreements. Interview with director Germán Arango, known as Luckas Perro.” [Read Full Interview in Spanish]
     

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