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New Videos From Women of Colombia

Martha Rodriguez and Lucas Silva's understated The Poppy: The Damned Flower makes a powerful case for the Colombian war on drugs as a genocidal attack on indigenous people: denied adequate land and often threatened with starvation, locals have little choice but to grow illegal crops, and the horrifying images of children with birth defects suggest that the herbicides being used are far from benign. Catalina Rodriguez's witty and powerful Fever is a one-minute take in which the camera wordlessly narrates a lesbian murder story. In Jessica Grossman's endearingly nutty satire Rita Goes to the Supermarket, a young woman encounters an antiseptic world of weight-loss products and women who break into a song about how a younger lover isn't as good as the guy whose “nails [scrape] on my back.” The bright, almost plastic colors would doubtless look better in the original 35-millimeter, which the director prefers. Victoria Valencia and Maria Isabel Ospina's unsubtitled Interpreter of Death: A Portrait of Yolanda Sarmiento shows a doctor who performs autopsies on drug-crime victims in Cali.

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