Cast｜Gabriela Palacio, Natalia Páez, Antonio Niño
Producer｜Samuel Casallas, Nicolas Casanova
Genre｜Featured Short Film
Production Company｜Drako Films
After her father’s death, Antonia, an unsuccessful old punk singer, steals money from her mother to pay off the debt of a punk battle music contest where she participates together with her band made up of a drummer and Fernanda, her best friend.
Samuel was born in the city of Bogotá. At the age of fifteen he graduated from school in Bogotá. Afterwards he studied direction, film and televisión production at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University. He courses several film workshops including “The art of Metamorphosis” with the filmmaker Joao Pedro Rodríguez.
Besides the university projects, he has worked with Daniel Velázquez as an editor in his documentary “On the Edge of the River” and cinematographer for his tv serie teaser “Calinfierno”.
In 2018, creates the film production company Severus Films and directs his debut short film “Stuprum”.
Anarkia was born with the motivation of being able to provoke a reflection on youth, friendship and love, universal values within the contradictions, paradoxes and conflicts of punk, a musical, cultural and social and political movement that appeals to transgression-subversion through of art, rebellion, social unrest and anarchism. The short narrates universal themes represented in individual tragedies such as that of the protagonist and at the same time exposes a city and speaks of a specific context such as the Colombian Punk scene. For this reason, our motivation is to be able to raise questions about the human condition where punk is our base and our canvas in order to rethink ourselves as a society, both in the functioning of a worn out social fabric, such as the contemporary one, and the political apparatus that eats away at corruption, violence and impunity to countries like Colombia and that transcends a global framework.
Although the short film presents crude themes, it does so with fidelity to what this musical scene represents, which is intrinsically not syrupy but on the contrary presents counter-hegemonic proposals through harshness. Therefore, the film is an act of resistance that was fermented as guerrilla cinema to demonstrate that life can also spring from the fringes of art. It is an imperfect cinema but freer.
In Anarkia a girl will go through an internal journey with domestic, sexual and social conflicts to reach the catharsis of mourning against her environment and against herself. History shows us a universe with characters that have emerged in a problematic context, of personal crisis, violence and corruption. Living in the midst of this, enduring it and trying to be an artist despite everything, becomes an act of rebellion.
The discourse of history reflects us to a person who goes to the extreme limit of his human fragility and finds a way to redeem himself having been in the darkest abyss of his being, for this reason the short film seeks to give voice to that range of invisible people like Antonia, individuals who find in music, art and friends their opportunity for change and to rethink themselves.