Jende ri Palenge, directed by Santiago Posada and Simon Mejia will play at “Visual Journeys to the other South” the first Colombian Showcase in South Africa. The first Colombian Film Showcase brings a dozen of classic and contemporary Colombian productions of outstanding track record for their quality and international scope, that are testimony of the country’s new generation of talented filmmakers exploring new narratives and techniques in Latin American cinema.
24-27 April at The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg
8-11 May at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town.
More on Jende ri Palenge: The village of San Basilio de Palenque in Colombia was founded by Benkos Biohó in the XVIIth century. It is the first walled community of runaway slaves in the Americas to have gained independence from the colonizing regime.
In 2008, the first ever music-recording studio of the village was set up, in an effort to help preserve their endangered musical heritage. This film follows three of the singers that passed through the doors of San Basilio Estudio.