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María Fernanda Restrepo – Con mi corazón en Yambo AKA With My Heart in Yambo (2011)


“On January 8, 1988, when I was ten years old, my parents decided to go on vacation and leave me with my brothers Santiago and Andrés who were 17 and 14 years old. That day I went to a friend’s birthday party and they were to pick me up in the afternoon. Night fell and dawn found me still waiting and watching at the window. They never arrived.”

Yambo is the name of the lake, two hours from Quito, where the bodies of Santiago and Andrés Restrepo where dumped after their disappearance, kidnap and torture by Ecuadorian police in 1988. 1988 was the year when governmental power shifted from the authoritarian social Christian León Febres Cordero to the left democrat Rodrigo Borja Cevallos.

The documentary is Fernanda Restrepo’s elegiac search for the memory of her brothers and a celebration of life and resistance. Con mi corazón en Yambo is a gripping visual and aural search into the family’s photo albums, home videos, newspaper clippings and phone call recordings (including those with police infiltrator Doris Morán), as well as into Ecuadorian Police Department archives and national television records.


Subtitles:Spanish, French, English, German

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