Switzerland, 73 min
Geneva-based filmmaker Felipe Monroy returns to his native Colombia to a village inhabited by refugees from the conflict regions of the country. He organises a workshop where participants record their brutal war experiences and re-enact them with the aid of a film crew. An intimate look directed at the repressed realities of war.
Geneva-based filmmaker Felipe Monroy returns to his native Colombia, to a place called Nueva Esperanza - New Hope. This village is inhabited by refugees forced to flee the armed conflict in their region, barely escaping death. Here, where hope is hard to come by, Monroy sets up a workshop where participants write down their brutal war experiences and re-enact them with the help of the film crew. Tacacho includes scenes re-enacted directly as well as attempts to find additional narrative strategies to recount the horrors, for example, a shadow play. However, the film goes further and offers itself as a means of communication, as a woman unexpectedly turns to the camera, and thus to us, the audience, with a call for help. We can no more easily tear our gaze away from the repressed realities of war than the filmmaker, who discusses his own memories of his life in the conflict zones off screen.