The Chirola

  • Diego Mondaca
  • Bolivia
  • 2008
  • 26 min
  • European Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary
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In this distinct, sometimes poetic film, form and content are equally important. Every image is carefully framed and can go out of focus or rather re-establish it. In The Chirola, former convict Padro Cajias tells his story in a fragmented monologue. He saw his long incarceration among murderers, rebels and paramilitaries as a punishment. For him, it was a relief, a long vacation after a turbulent period. In addition to structure, life in prison offered him companionship and better health. He put on weight, worked out a lot, and actually had considerable difficulty when he became aware that his release was coming up. The last thing he wanted to do was exchange one prison for another. He received a puppy from an empathetic guard, and that puppy became his salvation. In Cajia's mind, the dog turned him into a more civilised person; more civilised than he ever could have become among people. As a result, he didn't want to reintegrate into society, but rather sought a place on the sidelines: a simple house with a piece of land where he can look up at the starry sky, his dog at his side.

Credits

  • 26 min
  • color / black and white
  • video
  • Spoken languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Diego Mondaca
Production
Diego Mondaca for Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television EICTV
Cinematography
Andrés Boero Madrid
Editing
Aldo Álvares Morales
Sound
Ruben Valdes Sanz
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IDFA history

2008
European Premiere
IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

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