Sunday, May 24th 5 PM PST
FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR
“Borrachero” is an experimental animation that tells a story of psychotropic plants, crime, and Colombian society. Borrachero, or the brugmansia tree, is a powerful psychotropic plant originally used by Indigenous people in Latin America for medicinal and religious purposes. It is also used by criminal gangs as the main ingredient of the intoxicant ‘burundanga’, a dangerous substance that can induce a trance-like state in its victims.
This Colombian-Noir begins with a woman involved with a criminal gang that uses the Borrachero tree to rob unsuspecting victims. After a job goes wrong, she flees to her hometown in southern Colombia but soon encounters a mysterious figure, which might be the embodied spirit of the plant.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)
Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea is a Colombian/Canadian Toronto-based animator, artist, and teacher. He specializes in digital animation, video installation, and drawing. His work explores psychedelia, plant biology, and Latin American stories. His work has been exhibited across North America including at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Glas Animation Festival, Art Spin Toronto, the Toronto Animated Image Society, the Niagara Artist Centre, Summerworks Festival, Pleasure Dome, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s Newfoundland. He has also directed music videos for Lido Pimienta and Chancha Via Circuito’s “La Victoria” and “Jardines”. “Borrachero” (2019) is his latest short film.