LOVE, WOMEN & FLOWERS (AMOR, MUJERES & FLORES)
MARTA RODRÍGUEZ AND JORGE SILVA, 1989, 52 MIN, NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION
FREE & OPEN TO ALL
Filmed over the course of five years, AMOR, MUJERES & FLORES is a two-part documentary by Colombian duo Marta Rodriguéz and Jorge Silva exposing the harmful working environment of flower cultivation laborers in the Bogotá savannah. Described by Rodriguez as a “drama about pesticides and the aberrant working conditions of female labor,” the film paints a picture of the floriculture industry in Colombia, the demand for the country’s carnations in first-world markets, and the numerous labor and human rights violations by foreign companies in Colombia looking to supply that demand. Through interviews, voice-over narration, and poetic ruminations, the film presents an intimate portrait of the workers, their desires, and the struggle to form a union, ultimately answering a question posed at the film’s start: “What’s the cost of producing beauty?”
AMOR, MUJERES & FLORES will be screened as a new digital restoration with English language subtitles made available by Fundación Cine Documental. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Introduction by Professor Leonardo Gil Gómez (Visiting Professor in Northwestern’s Department of Spanish & Portuguese)
Presented with support from the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Northwestern University.