Colombian filmmaker Victor Gaviria, internationally recognized for
his films ‘La Vendedora de Rosas’ and ‘Rodrigo D: No Futuro’, is preparing the shooting of a film about high school students in a Bogota slum.
Earlier movies by Victor Gaviria
The filmmaker, famous for his focus on the marginalized in Colombian society, will be shot in Ciudad Bolivar, one of Bogota’s most infamous slums and star the students of local high schools, who are forced to deal with violence on a daily basis.
According to local Education Secretary Jorge Perez, some 6,000 pupils of 30 high schools will take part in the production of the movie. The initiative is to give the teenagers an alternative way to spend their time away from violence.
The students, through forums and audiovisual workshops, are involved in the pre-production of the film.
Gaviria won international critical acclaim with his 1990 movie ‘Rodrigo D: No Futuro’ about young punks in Medellin. ‘Rodrigo D’ and his 1998 movie ‘La Vendedora de Rosas’ both were nominated for the Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm.