Marta Rodríguez is one of the most important Colombian documentary makers, unmasking the difficulties experienced by indigenous and Afro-descendant people. Rodríguez has devoted her career devoted to revealing their exploitation and suffering.
In 2011 MaMa invited her to return to Choco after a long absence – to give local communities the opportunity to discuss shared interests. MaMa also wanted her to return to the region that had influenced her work profoundly during five decades of filmmaking.
For Return to the Pacific Rodriguez travelled to Chocó with the film director Fernando Restrepo to particpate in a series of film-debates with communities. They presented material collected over many decades and compiled by the Documentary Film Foundation / Social Research. In addition to its documentaries, other Latin American documentary films were screened. Simultaneously, Rodriguez interviewed the Cantadores – women who sing after someone has died in the community.
“My experience during this time in Chocó again revealed to me the suffering that the lack of support in their basic needs generates. There is racism and rejection here; when they ask for hospital care they are told that the staff are on strike “