25th Festival International du Films de Fribourg

19.03.2011 to 26.03.2011

The members of the jury (from left): Marianne Gujer, Marek Lis, Natalie Fritz; in front: Paulette Queyroy


Awards of the Ecumenical Jury

The Colors of the Mountain

The film depicts the oppressive situation of the Colombian mountain farmers from the perspective of little Manuel. Insecurity, caused by the conflict between Guerilla and paramilitary forces, increases visibly and constrains the families one by one to leave their homes and grounds.

The children's plays, their solidarity and the hope for a peaceful territory are encouraged by the strong will of a brave young teacher. Thus the desired normalcy, the dream to maintain the colours of the mountains, is intensely expressed. Finally Manuel manages to take his football with him: as a symbol of the bond with his assassinated father, the friendship with his chaps an as a symbol for a life, that will go on somewhere else, he lights a beacon of hope.