The world of cinema is in mourning, last Thursday, May 16, members of the film Litigant They were on the red carpet at Cannes to protest the murder of filmmaker Mauricio Lezama.
The filmmaker of Colombian origin was murdered last week while preparing the filming of a short film about victims of violence in the convulsed northeast of Colombia.
Lezama wanted to tell the stories of the armed conflict in Arauca and was going to start with that of Mayo Villarreal, one of the victims of the genocide of the Patriotic Union.
As a departmental film advisor and cultural manager, Mauricio wanted many people to participate and had opened the auditions so that all those who could measure up to him would arrive, he was taking forward his project supported by Proimagenes Colombia and the Fund for Cinematographic Development.
Mauricio Lezama, filmmaker murdered in Colombia, Paz and 162 leaders killed in less than a year, could be read on posters held by director Franco Lolli, accompanied by the interpreters of his film, on the red carpet in Cannes, before the projection of Sorry We Missed You, by Ken Loach.
The also Colombian Ciro Guerra, author of The snake's embrace Y Summer birds and president this year of the Critics' Week, he was part of the protest.
The outrage over the crime of the filmmaker came after the premiere of Litigant, the most recent film by director Franco Lolli, starring the writer Carolina Sanín and applauded at the opening of Critics' Week, part of the Colombian delegation protested with posters and slogans denouncing the atrocious fact. The action was cooked in a lunch between Ciro Guerra, president of the jury of the Critics' Week, and Vladimir Durán (Goodbye excitement) in which they decided to take advantage of the visibility given by a space like Cannes, beyond the frivolity of a carpet.
The gesture, in the words of Sanín, was a tribute to his murdered film-maker colleague and a message to the world to keep in mind what has happened and what is happening in Colombia.