Don Bosco Students Making a Film

Andrés Ruiz Llano is a Colombian filmmaker that directed “Capagonia” (“Stealing kites”), a short film showing the conflicts, friendship, and ways of peaceful resolutions of rural boys, and now is visiting Cambodia to do volunteer work at Don Bosco.


He has done workshops of film-making with other groups of young people in Colombia and Panama. Now he is going to do a movie with the first year students of Social Communication and train their teachers for better film production. It is a great challenge that includes language barrier, different culture, and mentality, 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 seeing another perspective of things. There will be two films that should be ready by September 2016. Although it is a short time, Andrés is optimistic, especially because he has experience in working with young people. “Young people share similar feelings in different cultures,” he says to stress his point.

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