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Film Movement drama from Columbia next up this Thursday at Murphy Library

Posted on: September 25, 2011

Mountain vistas and children playing are welcome parts of our local scenery just like all parts of  the world.  Both show up in a movie made in Columbia that is next at the library.  Film Movement’s The Colors of the Mountain, about children trying to play in the time of guerrilla war is not to be missed. The Murphy Library is showing this family drama Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Running time is 93 minutes and the film is in Spanish with subtitles in English.

No matter how tragic the reality of the children,” says director Carlos Cesar Arbelaez in his director’s notes,  “they’re always ready to defend games and laughter as fundamental parts of their lives.”  And that is how the film’s main character, Manuel and his hardworking family live in the province of Antioquia in the Andean mountain area of Columbia. He goes to school, helps his parents and always has time for soccer with his friends.

 All the while, families keep a wary eye out for the national military, and guerrilla rebels, as they fight each other in the countryside.  Fathers and mothers tread a fine line to keep their families safe. Both sides demand loyalty and staying out of the way is not easy.  Especially when a quiet meadow becomes a minefield and the boys kick a soccer ball into it.

This is a drama but mature children are welcome. Call 837-2417 for details.

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