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Special Screening of LAPU, 2/6

A still from Lapü by Juan Pablo Polanco and César Alejandro Jaimes, an official selection of the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Angello Faccini.


A film by César Alejandro Jaimes and Juan Pablo Polanco
(Colombia, 2019, 75 min. In Wayuunaiki and Spanish with English subtitles)

Winner, Best Latin American Documentary, Cinema Tropical Awards
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection, Berlin Film Festival

“When Doris’s dead cousin appears to her in a dream, the vision prompts her to embark upon the most important ritual of the Wayuu, an indigenous group living in Colombia’s Guajira Desert. To ensure that her cousin may rest in peace, Doris must exhume the bones of the deceased and clean them before burying them a second time. With the support of her mother and grandmother, she sets out on a richly sensorial journey that brings her into close contact with the dead and their world.

“Together with their protagonist, César Alejandro Jaimes and Juan Pablo Polanco have crafted a debut film full of haunting images and sounds, with a diaphanous aesthetic that gives form to the unseen. The camera glides smoothly and naturally between different worlds and forms of existence, between day and night, moving back and forth from blazing light to all-enveloping darkness. The filmmakers’ gentle gaze combines intimacy and distance at the same time. More than the ritual, they are interested in the faces of its participants, across which flicker suspicion, curiosity, and fascination.”

—Hanna Keller, Berlinale Forum


February 6, 7:15pm
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd Street), New York City
(212) 505-5181 /





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