Alexander Leor Fattal

Grant Type

Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowship

Institutional Affiliation

Pennsylvania State U.

Grant number

Gr. 9386

Approve Date

October 18, 2016

Project Title

Fattal, Dr. Alexander Leor, Pennsylvania State U., Philadelphia, PA - To aid filmmaking on 'Dreams from the Concrete Mountain' - Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowship

Preliminary abstract: This feature length documentary explores the psychological and moral world of Javier, a former guerrilla fighter from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who is struggling to transition to civilian life. The film is recorded primarily in a truck whose payload has been transformed into camera obscura, which projects images of Colombian landscapes and cityscapes flipped upside-down into the truck’s interior and over Javier’s body. In this space Javier shares haunting dreams that reveal a subconscious troubled by his time in the insurgency, and his use of traditional, psychotropic medicines as a form of healing. Like the images that project over his body, his story is marked by inversions. After Javier demobilized from the FARC, he then worked with the military as an informant, which begs the question: to what extent has he been remobilized? The extended interview in the camión cámara, or truck camera, is intercut with evocative landscape imagery and by flash backs to archival footage of Javier in the guerrilla. Through the sensorial journey we glimpse how Javier conceives of his life between an omnipresent past and an uncertain future.