A FILM BY ALEXANDER L. FATTAL
Best Short Film
An oneiric journey through Alex’s life as a former FARC guerrilla leads to a reckoning with the devil inside of him. Alex tells his story of war and its legacy inside of a truck transformed into a camera obscura, a space where dreams suffuse with reality and a life in limbo is illuminated.
A oneiric journey through Alex’s life as a former guerrilla leads to a reckoning with the devil inside of him. His only cure is yagé, a sacred plant used by his indigenous community. As both a perpetrator and victim, Alex exemplifies the complexity of the Colombian conflict and the difficulties of simply moving on.
LIMBO tells Alex's story in a truck transformed into a giant camera obscura in which up and down, wrong and right are not fixed. It is in this confessional, surreal, psychoanalytic space where we are confronted with life mired between a militant passed and a civilian present.
Through this experiment in filmmaking, in this moving black box, a life in Limbo is illuminated.
"A camera obscura for peace."
How do you film the sensation of being suspended between worlds? How do you tell a story of a permanent transition? For former guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia mired between a military past and a civilian present it’s not a theoretical question.
My solution was to transform the payload of a truck into camera obscura and film Alex’s oneiric narrative in a topsy turvy road trip. The story behind the truck camera is a long one. But a key moment was when I sat in the payload of the truck camera for the first time and it began to move.
The world transformed. Bicyclists pedaled in the sky, buildings jutted toward the ground, clouds slid across the floor, and dappled shadows of trees melted sideways as the truck turned a corner.
The beauty of these images stirred something inside of me and I became overtaken with the idea that such an emotional response could be harnessed to foster empathy for a population that has generally been deemed unworthy of it.