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NCLAFF: El olvido que seremos (Memories of my Father)

still from film; a father stands with an arm around his son
Monday, October 09, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Carolina Latin American Film Festival

Dir. by Fernando Trueba. Spain/Colombia. 2022. 136 min. Spanish with English subtitles. Free and open to the public.

Based on the legendary book Oblivion: A Memoir by the Colombian writer Héctor Abad Faciolince, and directed by Academy Award® winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Époque), the film is a memoir of the life of the prominent doctor and human rights activist, Héctor Abad Gómez (Javier Cámara), a father who is concerned about both his children and children from less-favored classes. After a devastating loss in the family, Héctor gives himself to the greater cause of public health programs for the poor in Medellín, to the consternation of the city's authorities. The film straddles two eras: Faciolince's adolescence in Medellín in the 1970s, and his young adulthood in the '80s up until 1987 when his father was assassinated.