Samuel Moreno Alvarez
Colombia, 26 min
Fernando is Kamëntsa, indigenous and autochthonous to the Sibundoy Valley, in the south of Colombia. He is over 40, but still lives in his grandmother’s house and often parties. He is popular and earns a living as a broadcaster on the local radio. His family does not approve of his behaviour since he does not seek to change his lifestyle, in which he finds pleasure. Fernando was recently elected Sheriff. The Kamëntsa community has its own legal system with its own representatives, allowing everyone to be judged, on the territory, in line with and in compliance with their vision of the world. And Fernando now has the heavy burden of enforcing the law in his small town: summoning the accused, testifying in court or administering whippings as punishments. The Sheriff is a story of redemption whose account unfurls in a raw and poignant editing. In alternating scenes of Fernando’s day-to-day life, whether in the exercise of his new power or up to his usual mischief, there is an underlying question: will he be able to redeem his behaviour in his new function?