5 Best Colombian Movies About Drug Lords, Cartels and War
This is my list of the 5 best Colombian movies that I recommend to watch. Throughout the movies the Colombian conflict and drug cartels are always present no matter the location or time the story is based on.
Los Colores de la Montaña
#1 Colors Of The Mountain - Los Colores De La Montaña
Manuel, Julian and “Dim Light” (nickname for an albino) are three young friends from a small village in rural Colombia. One day, after playing soccer near school, their ball ends in a minefield. Playing soccer was their only escape from the harsh reality of the Colombian conflict and rescuing it will become an adventure where they´ll learn the hard reality they live in is no fairy tale.
Narrated from the eyes of the children involved in the conflict, between communist guerrillas, rightist paramilitaries, and government soldiers, their innocent vision of life sometimes contrasts over the irrational and cruel acts of their elders.
The only way we have to understand the armed conflict is through the partial blasts of news media told by the mouths of news anchors and politicians that have never left their homes by force or forced to join one of the subversive groups.
This film portraits everything that happens before the real consequences of the conflict begins.
Director: Carlos Cesar Arbelaez
Release Year: 2011
Silver Taiga – Moscow International Film Festival 2011
Kutxa Award – International Film Festival San Sebastian, Spain 2010
Award for Film In Construction – Rencontres Cinémas D´amérique Latine de Toulouse, France 2010
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Rodrigo D No Futuro
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#2 Rodrigo D No Future - Rodrigo D No Futuro
Rodrigo is not even 20. Standing on the last floor of an eccentric building in Medellin he prepares to jump, time stops, and sees everything his life has been so far.
Being a teenager in the late 80’s was a difficult enough time in a city turned to mayhem by drug lord Pablo Escobar. Rodrigo is not only young, but lives in one of the most dangerous slums of Medellin. He dreams o becoming a rock n’ roll drummer, but there`s no future for teenagers like him in a time when you kill or get killed.
Rodrigo D portrays the reality of the hardest decade the city of Medellin has gone through. A film shot with barely the essentials that can be considered a real life documentary. The actors where natural habitants from the slums who even before the film were screened many of them died in violent actions, just like the characters they portrayed. There’s no better film to understand the drama and consequences of the Cartel era lived in the 80’s and 90’s in the city of Medellin.
Here are some comment reviews from Amazon:
"This movie will make you think more than any other movies, with the possible exception of Baraka. You may not feel comfortable with the movie, but that is because it displays a reality that most North Americans could not concieve. I place this movie in my 10 time favorites." - A Customer
"This movie is one of the best Colombian movies I have ever seen. You may find this movie interesting because it shows how the people who lives in the poor neighbourhoods around Medellin had to look for a life in the past dark years where the drugs played an important role..." - Javier Diaz Rozo
Director: Victor Gaviria
Release Date: 1990
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#3 Flesh Of Your Flesh - Carne De Tu Carne
In 1956 during the military dictatorship of Rojas Pinilla, a military truck loaded with dynamite explodes destroying hundreds of houses in downtown Cali. A wealthy family who suffers from the explosion escapes to the countryside until things get back to normal. During this time the family receives the visit of a girl, family member living in United States, that with her half-brother find an Indian treasure with a curse that turns them into demons that live in the jungle, committing incest and stealing babies from local villages.
“Carne de tu Carne” is part of a new movie gender created in Colombia known as Tropical Goth, a contradictory combination between the cold elements of horror movies and the exuberance of the tropic scenery and customs. Filmed in the rural areas near the city of Cali, capturing the amazing views of the valley and its surrounding tropical jungles, the movie fuzes many of the urban myths and legends from the country side.
The “madremonte” or lady of the jungle is a spirit of the jungle that attacks weary travelers to eat them after satisfying her sexual appetite. Other local myths make their appearance like the leprechauns known to steal babies and the “guaca”, a small treasure Indians used to bury with their dead and thought to carry a hex. All of these local elements fuse to create one of the best horror films in the history of Colombia.
Director: Carlos Jose Mayolo
Release Date: 1983
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#4 Rosario Tijeras – Rosario Scissors
When Rosario was a young girl growing in the slums of Medellin her stepfather tried to rape her, she took the kitchen scissors and cut his member off. As a grown women Rosario is a beautiful assassin at the service of the Drug Cartels during the 80`s. One night she meets two young men of the rich neighborhoods in the city with whom she begins a story about passion, murder and drug trafficking which was so common during the time. At the end, Rosario will die.
Filmed in 2005 by a Spanish filmmaker that loved the book, this is a film thought to portray all of the common elements surrounding the culture in Medellin during the drug cartel era in the 80`s. It’s a story of the vices young people had with dreams of getting rich fast and escaping their impoverish homes at any cost.
Director: Emilio Maille
Release Date: 2005
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#5 Apocalipsur - Apocalipsouth
This is the story of a group of friends from different social classes of Medellin city in 1991. A son of a drug dealer, the son of a prosecutor judge, the wild girlfriend and a high class kid that ended up in a wheelchair after a lost bullet in a nightclub compose this colorful group of friends.
Pablo Escobar, the most famous drug lord in the history of Colombia, is fighting a direct war with the Colombian government and rival drug cartels. He offers 500 dollars for each dead cop creating tension in the city with all the violence erupting at every corner.
Apocalipsur narrates each of the characters stories and how they came to be together, while flaco`s friends ride to the airport to pick him up after a forced exile to London by the mafia who threaten his mother`s life. A very colorful movie that tells different versions of the reality lived during the 80`s and beginnings of the 90`s in Medellin.
Director: Javier Mejia Osorio
Release Date: 2005
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