Making a Film with Don Bosco students


       Colombian filmmaker Andrés Ruiz Llano accepted the challenge to do a movie with students of the Don Bosco Technical School of Kep Province this season and training the Cambodian social communication teachers in what the production of a film would mean.

"Stealing kites"

Capagonia (“Stealing kites”), a Colombian short film showing the conflicts, friendship and ways of peaceful resolutions of rural boys.

Ruiz-Llano is the director of short film “Capagonia” (something that can be translated as “Stealing kites”). The word is very specific to the action of throwing a hook to the cord of the kites, so as it breaks, let the kite flying free to the hands of the thieves, normally boys of the next neighborhood. As the hook cuts the kite, the owners shout “Capagonia!”

       The film was shot in Amalfi, the birth town of Ruiz-Llano in an Andean valley of the north of the Department of Antioquia (Colombia). A boy from the city, Henry (Alejandro Ateorthua), comes to the rural town and met the ones who would be his friends of vacations. The local children teach him many things from their environment, but specially the art of flying kites. But the sport is suddenly stopped by the upcoming of another group of boys led by an older guy, who disputes the ownership of their favorite hill. The agreement is a competition between both groups to which one flies the kite further, until another group of unknown thieves cut their game. At the end, the conflict is resolved with football.

Andrés Ruiz Llanos with social communication students of the second year of Sihanoukville, providing some advice for their final thesis.

Andrés Ruiz Llano with social communication students of the second year of Sihanoukville, providing some advice for their final thesis.

       Andrés Ruiz-Llano has done workshops of film-making with other groups of young people in Colombia and Panama. Now he is trying it with the first year students of social communication of Don Bosco Hatrans. It is a great challenge that includes the language barrier, culture and mentality, to different from the boys of Amalfi. But for Ruiz-Llanos the language of filmography is universal.

       At the moment his Cambodian students are showing to him stories, most of them set in rural areas of the country and he is knowing another perspective of things. There will be two films that should be ready by September 2016, although it’s a short time, plus the barrier of culture. But Andrés is optimistic, especially because he has experience working with young people. “Young people shares similar feelings in different cultures,” he says as his own way to forward his ideal.

       The production of films, videos and any other media format in the Don Bosco projects of Cambodia, has the purpose to show Cambodia to the world and know also the realities of children, young people and women to promote support. In this sense, the work of Ruiz-Llanos keeps the importance that the same youth will show their own stories through the talent of film-making.

       Here the short film of Andrés Ruiz-Llano:

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