This past weekend was the much-anticipated International Film Festival in Barichara. It was totally FREE and todo el mundo was planning to attend. I had been to Barichara earlier, but only for a few hours. On Saturday morning we set forth by bus!
Like most of the festival goers, we showed up to Barichara with a few tents, but no place to stay. Luckily we found a camping site on the edge of town with magnificent views.
As with my previous camping experiences in Colombia, this one was not lacking in luxury. Please note the electrical outlet that was provided for Andres’ tent. The tent had a wi-fi connection as well!
The films were shown in 3 different rooms in a giant, beautiful, old building.
My viewings at the film festival included:
- a Cuban animated film from the 80s called Vampiros en La Habana
- a documentary about the conflict in West Bank called 5 Broken Cameras
- a documentary about a Pacific Colombian island named La Gorgona which used to be something like Colombia’s Alcatraz island and is now a national park
- a documentary about The Punk Syndrome – a Finnish punk band formed by a group of mentally disabled men
- several short films made in Colombia
The film portion of the weekend wasn’t quite what I had expected – it was very disorganized and the sound quality wasn’t great. All the films I did get to see were wonderful, though, and the weekend was filled with many other delightful moments.
On Monday morning we walked along the path from Barichara to Guane, stopping to take a few pictures in an abandoned house.
I will leave you with my favorite Spanish phrase of the moment – taught to me by my Colombian brother in order to defend myself against dear friends who mercilessly (albeit amiably) tease me about my still-less-than-perfect Spanish.
Pinta un bosque y piérdete!
(Peen-tuh oon bows-kay e pee-err-da-te!)
Translation: Get lost!
Literal translation: Paint a picture of a forest and get lost in it!