Scene from the film Open Mountain
Scene from the film Open Mountain

Open Mountain

  • Colombia
  • Portugal
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In July 1929, a group of shoemakers from a small Colombian village triggered a one-day revolution to improve the living and working conditions in the country. Despite the fact that almost all the traces of the event and of the revolutionaries, who called themselves The Bolsheviks of Libano, Tolima, have disappeared in the past few decades, Aura, a living contemporary and anarchist, believes their fight goes on. The evocative hybrid 16mm documentary combining archival materials and personal memories takes the viewer to a place where history runds deep and where time has stopped.

"I see the uncovered roads, the slaughter of chickens for the sancochos in the river and the brush of the mountain that makes its way towards the footprints of the first guerrilla in Latin America. The characters in this story find themselves in the feeling that their rebellion is still going on." Maria Rojas Arias


  • Original Title
    Abrir monte
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Maria Rojas Arias
  • Runtime
    26 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Colombia
    • Portugal
  • Format
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Festivals
    • Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2021
    • FicValdivia - Mejor Cortometraje Latinoamericano 2021
    • International Short Film Festival Kinoforum Brazil.
    • Muestra Internacional de Documental de Bogotá MIDBO (Colombia) 2021
    • Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporáneo. CÁMARA LÚCIDA 2021
    • Bogoshorts- Festival de cortos de Bogotá 2021
    • Beijing International Short Film Festival 2021
    • Festival internacional de cine de la UNAM. (México) 2021
    • Oberhausen. International Short Film Festival 2022
    • Documenta Madrid 2022
    • International Documentary Film Festival AricaDoc. Chile
    • Festival de Cine Corto de Popayán. Colombia
    • MAMUT Festival de Memoria Audiovisual. Medellín. Colombia 2022
    • PACCPA X Panorama de cine colombiano de París. France 2022
    • Linea d'Ombra Festival. Salerno. Italy 2022
    • Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. Switzerland 2022
  • Awards
    • Winner of Short Joy - Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2021
    • Best Short Film | International Short Film Festival Kinoforum Brazil.
    • Best Latin American Short Film | Valdivia International Film Festival 2021
    • Best Short Film | Al-Este FF 2021 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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