On April 9, 1948, Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, a popular political leader, was assassinated, and Colombia entered a murderous period, "La Violencia," tantamount an undeclared civil war in which two hundred thousand died. Many were executed by "parajos" (birds of prey), of whom the notorious and feared was "The Condor," who was, in reality, an ordinary man and a banal asthmatic.
In this chilling yet dispassionate account of political murder as everyday happenstance-cold, efficient and ruthless-death is an unannounced visit from Leon Maria Lozano, a petit bourgeois and virtually anonymous family man of strong religious convictions, restrained, understated and razor sharp, <i>Condores No Entierron Todos Las Dias</i> is also a portrait of a town, standing for the nation, which is gripped by homicidal mania, and where every second neighbor, whether a liberal or a conservative, is likely to be a victim.
Francisco Norden, the director of what is perhaps Colombia's most celebrated film, Camilo—The Guerrilla Priest, studied architecture in Bogota, Paris and London before entering the IDHEC, France's most prestigious film school, in Paris in 1958. He completed a number of short films before making his feature-length documentary about Camilo Torres in 1974. In the following year Norden began plans for <i>Condores No Entierron Todos Los Dias</i> which, owing to the conditions for financing films in Colombia, was not completed until ten years later.
Friday, January 23, 10:15 a.m.
Holiday Village Cinema II
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