Summoning Simon Bolivar’s spirit in the exact places of the liberation battles across Colombia two hundred years ago, Bicentenario reveals the contemporary social rituals that perpetuate the ongoing violence residing deep within the political unconscious. Simon Bolivar’s legacy has become a mix of political mysticism, unquestioned doctrine and enigma — or perhaps a curse that has fixed itself in the collective imaginary of an entire continent. It is this curse that Bicentenario seeks to invoke, and perhaps exorcise.
Pablo Alvarez-Mesa is a filmmaker and cinematographer working mainly in non-fiction. His films have played at international film festivals including Rotterdam, Camden IFF, Hot Docs, Visions du Réel, and RIDM. His latest work, La pesca, won the prize for the best international short documentary film at Visions du Réel in 2017. He has also participated in Berlinale Talents and Canadian Film Centre (CFC) programmes.
Bicentenario (2020), La pesca (2017), Nuestro Monte Luna (2015), Speaking into the Air (2014), Jelena's Song (2010), Presidio Modelo (2009)
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Camden International Film Festival, Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogotá, Berlinale, FICUNAM