COLOMBIA | 2019 | COLOR | 75 MIN. | WAYUU, SPANISH
In Lapü, the documentary opera prima by Colombian filmmakers César Alejandro Jaimes and Juan Pablo Polanco, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, a young Wayúu woman named Doris has a dream about her deceased cousin. To ensure that she can rest in peace for eternity, Doris must exhume the bones and clean them before re-burying them, as part of a deep-rooted local tradition. Using an exquisite photography, the filmmakers offer an intriguing look at the ancestral practices of the Wayúu indigenous people of Northeastern Colombia, where life and death, past and future, fiction and reality, are mixed in fascinating ways.
Review by: Carlos Rodríguez
Juan Pablo Polanco | Bogotá | Colombia, 1994
César Alejandro Jaimes | Bogotá | Colombia, 1993
Juan Pablo Polanco studied Fine Arts at the Javeriana University and cinematographic direction at the ECAM school in Madrid. Together with César Alejandro Jaimes, who studied photography and cinematography in his native Bogotá, he founded the Colombian production company Los Niños Films, with which he produced his first film, Lapü.