Colombia/Canada, 2010. 34 min English/Spanish
Directed & produced by Diego Samper
Photography: Diego Samper
Editor & Animation Design: jamie griffiths & Diego Samper
Composer, Sound Design & Audio Mix: Steve Wright
WORLD PREMIERE September 10th 2010, Vancity Theatre, Vancouver, BC
A Commission of the Latin American Film Festival, Vancouver, BC Aug 2010
Bogota International Film Festival Honorable Mention Oct 2011
Museum of Modern Art, Bogota, Colombia Film, Photography & Installation March 2012
In the Colombian town of Ibagué, a prison for political prisoners was built in the late nineteen century, loosely based on a surveillance architectural design called Panopticon. This dreamlike, surreal animated video was created from the photographic images taken by Diego Samper in 2003, just few days after the buildings was emptied, previous to a complete renovation in order to house a new cultural center. It reveals a rich visual universe of prison art and, through it, aspects of contemporary Colombian social and political reality. But beyond that, it reflects on the principle of freedom. Is the Panopticon imprisoning freedom itself?
jamie and DIego have started a new film project in the Amazon River Basin since January 2012, title 'Manigua - The Wild Heart of the Big Forest'.