Fearless Juan

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Fearless Juan

16 mins | Colombia | 2022

Director: David Pombo
Producer: Adriana Aparicio
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Screenwriter: David Pombo
Editor: Vanessa Amaya
Cinematographer: José Varón
Cast: Juan de Dios López
Release Year: 2022
Language: Spanish
Subtitle: English (United States)
Country: Colombia
Genre: Documentary

(THIS FILM WAS PART OF OUR 2023 FESTIVAL LINEUP AND IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE ON THE SLAMDANCE CHANNEL) More than 25 years living a block away from the municipal morgue have made me have an inevitable relationship with death. Since I was a Young boy, I felt a strong intrigue when I would see the corpses being unloaded at the neighborhood funeral homes, almost always on the weekends which is when most people die. I watched hundreds of families lost in grieve while they waited for the body of one of their loved ones. I grew up watching the funeral home employees try to sell their services to these families in the most frivolous way, used to the same routine and smiling foresnic doctors who passed the dead bodies through their hands. All these are complex matters, idead and images that most people prefer to avoid, but which I continued to question throughout my life. This is a short film inspired in the lives of many morticians from the neighborhood where I grew up, who prepare bodies by day and at night become a sort of living dead due to their crack addictions. They are people who dedícate their whole lives to please the wishes of the dead, and their families… And who ended up living on the Street, old and dying alone, destined to rest eternally in a common grave. Everything that the funarary ritual symbolisez is actually transcendental and definitive in the way we organize our lives. This short film is an opportunity for me to reconcile with all the dead whom I would see entering the morgue when I was a boy. Juan sin miedo invites the spectator to question their mortality, even for a second. To observe objectivly from a distance, to decide about their own body.