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Musical Memories of Life and Death In Colombia


The word Cantadora comes from traditional Colombian music influenced by African roots and refers to the women that compose and sing their songs while going through their daily chores.  “Cantadoras” provides a portrait of rural life in Colombia in its Caribbean and Pacific regions told through the words and songs of the resilient Afro-Colombian singers that farm there.  These resilient women speak of memories of violence at the hands of paramilitaries, and the power of song to build strength and give voice to dignity and creativity.



Nomination “Ethnomusicology Film Award 2019, Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival, RAI-FF Bristol, UK.

Honorable Mention Best Documentary, African International Film Festival, AFRIFF, Lagos, Nigeria.

Best Documentary “Culture and Identity Afro and Afro-Descendent People”, FICWALLMAPU Festival, Temuco, Chile.

Best Social Documentary, Audiovisual Festival of Montes de María, FAMMA, Carmen de Bolívar, Colombia.

Honorable Mention Best Student Documentary, José Rovirosa Award, National Autonomus University of Mexico.

Honorable Mention Best Documentary “Pepe Benitéz Muro”, Crystal Screen Festival, Mexico City, Mexico.

Award Gender Lab Work In Progress, Best Project. Int'l Film Exhibition with Gender Perspective of Mexico City, MICG



Selected Project in Postproduction for “Dissection” in DocuLab5, International Film Festival of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Official Selection Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival RAI-FF Intangible Culture. Bristol, UK

Official Selection Africa Internacional Film Festival AFRIFF, Lagos, Nigeria

Official Selection Globale Film Festival Berlin, Germany

Official Selection Film Library Word Music Expo (WOMEX Film), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Official Selection Festival Internacional Indígena de Wallmapu FICWALLMAPU, Temuco, Chile

Official Selection Festival de Cine Etnográfico “Etnografías Otras”, Quito, Ecuador

Official Selection Festival Africa Moment, Bacerlona, Spain

Official Selection Media Library of the Industry of Visions du Réel, Festival International de Cinéma Nyon

Official Selection, Festival Contra el Silencio Todas las Voces, México City, México

Official Selection Festival LatinoDocs Toulouse, France

Official Selection Festival FILMAR en América Latina, Geneva, Switzerland

Official Selection III Muestra de Cine y Radio Comunitario en Mesoamérica, Oaxaca, México

Official Selection Festival Internacional de Cine de Mérida y Yucatán, FICMY, México

Official Selection Festival Internacional por los Derechos Humanos de Bogotá, Colombia

Official Selection Muestra Internacional de Cine con Perspectiva de Género de la Ciudad de México, México

Official Selection Muestra Audiovisual XVI Congreso de Antropología en Colombia y del V Congreso de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Antropología, Universidad javeriana, Bogotá Colombia.

Premier – Muestra Fílmica del Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos, México

Pre-Premier Official Selection Festival Internacional de Cine y Medio Ambiente de Cuernavaca, Cinema Planeta


María Fernanda Carrillo Sánchez is a researcher, scholar and filmmaker.  She is the Co-Coordinator of the Laboratory of Media and Audiovisuals (Laboratorio de Medios Audiovisuales, LaMA) at the Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM).  María has a Master’s Degree  in Documentary Filmmaking at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos and the Facultad de Artes y Diseño (UNAM).  She also has a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences (FLACSO, Mex). Sociologist (UNAL, Col).  María studies focused on direction, sound, editing and the production of documentary films.  She also director musical clips and political documentaries.  María also organizes conferences and workshops and teaches courses in documentary filmmaking and social science research.


Catalog # EPF16021; ISBN: 978-1-933724-61-4; UPC: 6-82086-16021-4; NTSC

70 Minutes; Copyright 2017; Spanish, English Subtitles

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