Between Fire and Water (2020)

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Camilo is the adopted son of an indigenous couple of the Quillasinga tribe in the southwest of Colombia. He is the only black person in his community and has always felt different. For years he has been wondering who his biological parents are. He left school due to racism and bullying. The indigenous governor took him under his wing and gave him Ayahuasca, a sacred remedy for spiritual guidance. During this transcendent experience Camilo has visions of his biological mother.

After this experience he decides to embark on a journey in search of his origins. The indigenous authorities and everyone in Camilo’s family support his decision. With the help of his father and the indigenous spirituality Camilo feels strengthened and starts to change. He even travels to where his mother was originally from: Tumaco, a city on the Pacific Ocean inhabited predominantly by Afro-Colombians. For the first time in his life Camilo discovers his afro heritage and meets the black community.



Video Librarian: “Between Fire and Water would be an excellent choice for library education programs about the adoption of indigenous cultures. Camilo’s story is not only dramatic and spellbinding but a valuable resource.”

Educational Media Reviews: “This film is highly recommended for any high school or adult group and should be widely available. Churches dealing with mission work, academics dealing with adoption, family, diversity, and racism, philosophers dealing with identity and belonging, and individuals interested in any of these areas would most likely find this a meaningful film.”

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Viviana Gomez Echeverry & Anton Wenzel, Colombia, 2020, 92´ & 57´
DFA Luminous 2020, Cine Latino Toulouse, North American premiere: Hot Docs Toronto, DOK.Fest Munich, Philadephia Latino FF, Los Angeles Latin FF, Black Star Philadelphia, Cervino Mountain FF, Lessinia Festival, First People Festival Montreal, Morelia IFF, FIFAC, NICHO 54, Cine Martinique, African Diaspora NYC FF, Film Ambiente Brazil, ; Broadcasters: TV Señal Colombia, France TV; Distributors: Preciosa Media (LATAM), EDUCATIONAL: Pragda, VOD: KWELI, Vimeo
Best Film - Cervino Mountain Film Festival, Best Camera - First People FF Montreal, Grand Prix du Festival FIFAC - France Televisions Award - FIFAC, Best Film - Paris Colombian FF, Second Prize in Kathmandu Mountain Film Festival, NYC Colombian FF - Best Colombian Documentary, Cali IFF - MARIA Prize for the Best Colombian Documentary
World except of Colombia
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Viviana Gómez Echeverry is a Colombian director, producer and cinematographer. Studied Social Communication at the Javeriana University, where she is a professor. She wrote and directed two short films EXOTIC TROPICAL and 16TH BIRTHDAY. Her first feature film is KEYLA (2017), which was selected in Competition in Warsaw Film Festival.