PROTAGONISTS

CEFERINA BANQUEZ

Ceferina, a woman who was widowed at a young age and forced to abandon her land by war, embodies forced displacement, constant movement, and the reconstruction of the present. After many years she managed to return to the place she calls home, to rebuild and rediscover the inheritance of her grandfather and aunts, finding in song and lyrics a way to reconcile with her past.

CAROLINA OLIVEROS

Carolina is the traveler who abandoned everything and left her family to connect with her roots and her own essence abroad. After a rebellious and conflicted adolescence, she moved to New York, where she revalued her origin. She takes it as her personal mission to share the tradition of Bullerengue with new generations. Carolina uses singing and Bullerengue as a healing tool to rebuild herself and find her voice.

PABLA FLORES

Pabla represents the transmission of ancestral knowledge. She inherited the knowledge of Bullerengue from her mother and grandmother. She only managed to accept this in adulthood, and it has now become a way of life where she fosters the survival of this legacy in her family and community through song.

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SYNOPSIS

From Colombia to New York, this documentary tells the story of three women, from 3 generations, who found in the Bullerengue, an ancestral musical tradition,  a way to resist, heal and celebrate life.

From their routines, their territory and their songs, they tell the story of their lives and this tradition called Bullerengue, bringing out themes like oral tradition, race, community, immigration and identity.

Their personal memories converge in a collective memory offering a narrative of the Colombian armed conflict that honors the healing and reconciling power of music.

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