Diario de Bucaramanga, released on 24 July 2013 in Venezuela, was screened, Thursday, March, 22, 2019, at Cervantes Institute in Algiers with the presence of high-ranked officials, Ambassadors of Latin American countries, including the Ambassadors of Venezuela and Cuba, foreign diplomats accredited in Algeria, academics, cultural figures, journalists and students.
The projection of the film, released by the Venezuelan director, Carlos Alberto Fung, comes as part of the Latin American Film Festival, organized for the second year in a row, by Cervantes Institute in Algeria and the Embassies of the participating countries, namely; Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Cuba.
In this aspect, His Excellency the Venezuelan Ambassador to Algeria, José de Jésus Sojo Reyes, took the floor before the screening of the historical film, addressing the attendees.
The film (2013, 129 minutes) depicts the story of the liberator Simon Bolivar who is accompanied by his staff in Colombia.
“Diario de Bucaramanga” was written by Luis Perú de Lacroix, a French General who accompanied Simón Bolívar during his stay in Bucaramanga while the Ocaña Convention was being hammered out. The main purpose of this work, as clarified by the author, is to present a portrait of the liberator, revealing the particular aspects of his personality that, to date, few people close to Bolivar have discovered.
With respect to the festival, eight films from eight Latin American countries have been screened weekly, every Thursday as of 18h, subtitled into French – with the kick off by Mamà, of the Colombian Director Philippe van Hissenhoven.
In addition to that film, several others have been screened, to wit, Los secreto de sus ojos, a crime thriller directed by Juan José Campanella, Chile’s Dawson Isla 10 (2009, 112 minutes) by Miguel Littin, Cuban film Contigo pan y cebolla (2014, 114 minutes) by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti, Mexican film Post tenebras lux (2012, 113 minutes) and Peru’s film El Acuarelista (2008, 88 minutes).
It is worth mentioning that a batch of cultural events are periodically organized by the Venezuelan Embassy in Algeria with a view to further enhance the historical, friendly and exceptional relations binding both countries, illustrated by the frequent visits paid by high-ranked officials and diplomats as well as cooperation agreements inked between both revolutionary countries in different spheres, including hydrocarbons, agriculture and fishing etc… These relations are of such exception, considered as a model in the light of the common politically and economically denominators shared by Algeria and Venezuela.
By: Hana SAADA.
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