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    Réquiem NN

    Reekviem NN |

    Director: Juan Manuel Echavarria

    Country: Colombia, Canada

    Year: 2013

    Length: 67'

    Language: In Spanish and English with English subtitles

    Official website: www.requiemnnfilm.com/trailer.html

    The town of Puerto Berrío sits on a bend in Colombia’s Magdalena River. For over 30 years, local townspeople have fished out the remains of victims of violence drifting downstream.
    Ordinarily, these unidentified corpses, known as NNs (No Names), would be destined for a mass grave. However, for decades, local townspeople have adopted these bodies and given them names; they decorate their tombs and bring them water, gifts and flowers. In exchange, it is believed that the living are awarded protection and special favors. Some people who adopt the lost souls even baptize them with names from their own family, thereby finding comfort for losses of their own.

    Through this collective ritual, the people of Puerto Berrío say to the perpetrators of violence: “In our community we don’t allow your victims to disappear; we may not know who they were, but they will become a part of us.”

    With “Réquiem NN,” artist Juan Manuel Echavarría, whose work addresses the ways in which we respond to violence, takes his camera into a community that restores the value and dignity of life while confronting bitter cruelty and loss.

    Kersti Luha, the director general of the Public Diplomacy department of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will provide background information to the film by commenting on the everyday views and developments of civil conflict in Colombia.

    Thanks: Juan Manuel Echavarría