Friday, May 19, 2006

La Sierra

I watched the “La Sierra” documentary last night on SBS. It is a chilling insight into the lives and struggles of rival paramilitary, the guerrilla’s and the police trying to stop the bloodshed and killing.

The honest and brutal lives they lead mean carrying machine guns and grenades is just a part of everyday life.

In the documentary, the production team saw a lead participant murdered and the filmmakers shot at by snipers. It is an intimate, meditative exploration of violence, youth, and community.
A small neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia, La Sierra is ruled by a group of young men, mostly teenagers, affiliated with Colombia’s illegal paramilitary armies – they’re just kids with guns, trying to be men.
Over the course of a year, the documentary follows the lives of three young people (two of them paramilitaries themselves) and their experiences of war, death, and love.


Anonymous said...

i can't believe i missed this! must be able to get it somewhere

mark robert allen said...

it was awesome. brutal and honest. to see these people with no future.

the main guy that the docco is centred around talks about his dreams to become a civil engineer, knowing that this will never come true. it's heart breaking.

i won't give away the ending.