Matias's Tree

  • 8 10
  • 2020
  • 70min
Matias's Tree
  • Original Title: El Árbol de Matías

A young boy's questions about a peace plebiscite in Colombia open the door to his family's haunting past marred by guerrilla warfare.

Matias's Tree

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Philadelphia Latino Film Festival/ MIDBO/ Festival de Cine Ibero-latinoamericano de Trieste/ Cine En femenino/ Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali

Matthias's tree - Legacy, Healing, War, Hope

This documentary is a poignant exploration of generational trauma and the consequences of war. Through the inquisitive eyes of 7-year-old Matías, the film delves into a family history deeply scarred by the oldest guerrilla warfare in the world. Matías's innocent curiosity about the peace agreements with FARC-EP becomes a gateway into understanding the brutal death of his great-grandfather, Daniel, a fate sealed when he refused to join an armed group. While memories of happy childhood days in the countryside are still alive with some family members, they are interspersed with tragic tales of displacement, fear, and loss. But as dark as the family's past might be, with individuals drawn to violence and vengeance, there remains a beacon of hope. Matías's grandfather, Libardo, offers an alternate path—one of education and change. The documentary paints a vivid picture of the hope for a brighter, peaceful future for the children of Colombia, as it underlines the urgent need for understanding and breaking the cycle of violence.

Production Companies

Medusa Films

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