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Today, the 6th annual Ecuadorian Film Showcase organized by the Embassy of Ecuador held its first installation of the summer at Rosslyn Spectrum Theater in Arlington, Virginia. The free weekly series is part of the Embassy’s efforts to increase awareness of Ecuadorian culture in the United States by presenting the latest award-winning documentaries and short films from Ecuador.
The Film Showcase premiere featured opening remarks from the Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States, Nathalie Cely, followed by a screening of Con mi Corazón en Yambo, a powerful and critically acclaimed documentary about the contentious kidnapping and killing of two young Ecuadorian boys in 1988. The story of Santiago and Andrés Restrepo became one of the most famous cases in Ecuador’s recent history. Written and Directed by the boys’ sister, María Fernanda Restrepo, Con mi Corazón en Yambo is an intimate look into the Restrepo family’s fervent hope and undying dedication to investigating the truth. The full trailer can be viewed here: http://www.conmicorazonenyambo.com/
Ambassador Cely stated: “It was a pleasure to kick off the Film Showcase with this moving documentary. The story has become infamous in Ecuador and other countries in Latin America, but is not well known here in the U.S. I’m proud that we are sharing the talents of Ecuadorian filmmakers with an American audience this summer, and showing off our country’s contributions to art and film.”
The screening was followed by a live Skype question and answer session with the Director and Writer, Maria Fernanda Restrepo.
Director Maria Fernanda Restrepo commented: “I am proud to share my work with an American audience. Con mi Corazón en Yambo is very important because it is not only a family story; it became a country’s story. Everybody in Ecuador felt that they lost two children or two grandsons when my two brothers were kidnapped and tortured. This film is about the power of love, the power of memory that keep us alive, that’s what matters and the value of your first love which is your family.”
Over the course of four weeks, the Ecuadorian Film Showcase will feature the films: A tus Espaldas, Abuelos, and Canción de Toquilla, among others. All films have English subtitles. Admission is free and no RSVP is required. For more information visit: http://www.ecuador.org/nuevosite/ecuadorfilms2012.php