On the 200th anniversary of Simón Bolívar’s liberation journey across Colombia, BICENTENARIO reflects on the far-reaching consequences of the liberator’s legacy, a legacy kept alive through a wide range of intentional and unintentional rituals of remembrance. Summoning Bolívar’s spirit in the exact landscapes that witnessed the battles, BICENTENARIO reveals the contemporary social rituals that perpetuate the ongoing violence residing deep within the social and political unconscious. Two hundred years after his campaign, Simón Bolívar’s spirit 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)
Production Pablo Alvarez Mesa. Production company Pablo Alvarez Mesa (Montreal, Canada). Director Pablo Alvarez Mesa. Cinematography Pablo Alvarez Mesa. Editing Pablo Alvarez Mesa. Sound design Pablo Alvarez Mesa. Sound Galen Elfert, Olga Cecilia Mesa, Christian Olsen, Erin Elizabeth Ryan. Sound mixing Christian Olsen. Colour correction Victor Ghizaru.
Pablo Alvarez Mesa, born in 1980 in Colombia, is a filmmaker and cinematographer working mainly in nonfiction. His award-winning films have played at international film festivals including Berlinale, IFFR, Visions du Reel, and Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal. Alvarez Mesa is a Berlinale Talents and Canadian Film Centre alumnus and holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University and an MFA in Film Production from Concordia University.
Films (selection): 2009: Presidio Modelo (16 min.). 2010: Jelena's Song (30 min.). 2017: La Pesca (23 min.). 2020: Bicentenario.