“On the one hand, if one considers ethnography as an ensemble of narratives rooted in colonialism, it might be understandable as a form of fiction-making. On the other hand, some of the most interesting contemporary practices of ethnography have embraced a de-colonial turn, sometimes by integrating the fictional language tools within their own elaboration.” – Laura Huertas Millán
These three acclaimed works from Colombian filmmaker Laura Huertas Millán combine multiple modes of storytelling to explore the spaces where documentary, anthropology and fiction intertwine. A triptych of rich and poignant personal portraits—all produced by Millán during a practice-based PhD between Beaux-Arts de Paris and Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab—Sol Negro (2016), La Libertad (2017) and jeny303 (2018) deftly move between the real and the imagined; melodrama and memoir; staged performance and interview to challenge the colonial roots of ethnography, examining complex ideas around representation, womanhood, and individual and collective freedoms. All three films, grouped together by the filmmaker as her “ethnographic fictions” series, screen as UK premieres.
Laura Huertas Millán | Colombia & France | 2016 | 43′
Laura Huertas Millán | Colombia & Mexico & France & USA | 2017 | 29′
Laura Huertas Millán | Colombia & France | 2018 | 6′
+ Q&A with director Laura Huertas Millán, hosted by Stephanie Spray (filmmaker and anthropologist, co-director of Manakamana)