Gustavo Fernández

My work as a documentary filmmaker refers to experiences with “common people”, authentic people almost always of a humble origin: such as street vendors that make edible products, to later sell them to their colleagues while walking through downtown Medellín (“Róbalo with Arepa”, 1990) or on a motorcycle in its surroundings (“The Devil and the party ”, 1991), and watchmen —security forces— (“Sand Times”, 2008) that become vigil at night in dark buildings or in small barracks, facing solitude in creative forms or imagining fantastic scenes. 

I’ve filmed empiric historians, parties and protests in “Para verte mejor America Latina” (To See You Better Latin America). And now, with this project, members of the FARC guerilla that come from deep parts of Colombia. Members of this movement that lived for 20 or more years with the illusion of a dignified communal and solidary life, especially for people that come from the countryside.

I started this searches in France when I was 35 years old, hand in hand with Jean Rouch. Although my first “maître fou” was Luis Alberto Álvarez, a cinephile humanistic priest from Medellín, who encouraged me to abandon my job as a math professor, in order to explore the cinematographic path.

The concern for encounters and dialogue made me undertake a journey of visits to my six siblings and my father in order to film “De(s)amparo, polifonía familiar” (Abandonment, Family Polyphony, 2002).