OUR FOREST MOON – NUESTRO MONTE LUNA – NOTRE LUNE DES BOIS
a film by Pablo Alvarez Mesa
Through everyday gestures, sounds, images, and rituals, an intimate camera interprets bullfighting as a living metaphor for the personal, cultural and historical struggles of a group of teenaged Colombian matadors.
1 x 52 / 1 x 90
Beyond the eastern hills of Bogota lies the sleepy town of Choachi, where a group of teenaged bullfighting students spend every weekend practice-killing bulls fashioned from sharp horns welded to wheelbarrows filled with straw. Theirs is a world of heroes and villains, filled with relics of an older time. Choachi literally translates to ‘Our Forest Moon’ in the Indigenous dialect, and everything about this little town seems like a fantastic world far from reality with its bright colours, fixation on impossible dreams, and young people swept up in Colonial glamour that thinly hides their poverty, and the violence that surrounds this 1000-person town in all directions. Interpreting bullfighting as a living metaphor of personal, cultural and historical struggles, the film focuses on the individual experiences of these boys and their mentor as they try to break free of the bleak future being dictated to them by Colombian society.