(aka Memories of My Father). Academy Award-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Époque) adapts the acclaimed memoir of Héctor Abad Faciolince about his father, Colombian human rights activist Héctor Abad Gómez.
Medellín, Colombia: 1970s. Prominent doctor and professor Gómez (Javier Cámara) is a devoted family man loved by all, worried not only for his own children but for those of the underprivileged classes. Héctor’s love of life imbues his home with creativity and vitality, tolerance and love. But when cancer claims the life of one of his beloved daughters, Héctor’s motivations change; he devotes himself completely to the defence of human rights and lifting his community out of poverty, putting himself at odds with the Colombian regime at great personal risk…
Movingly depicting Gomez’s life through the gentle, admiring eyes of his only son, the film effortlessly shifts between the personal and the political, capturing the essence of both an intelligent, principled and kind man, and a country that has often been marred by division.
“This film represents a reality in Latin American countries, where small elite groups manage politics and make decisions that affect many for their own benefits and economic interests, countries where a football game is promoted more than the importance of a good education, countries where few have all and most of the population nothing.” ~alejandro-bonilla, User Review IMDb