Suspension (2019)

  • Werbner Award
  • 1h 13m


This film documents the building of a modern road through the imposing geography of southern Colombia. It brilliantly captures some of the absurdities and contradictions of a construction project that has struggled for decades in an effort which one engineer calls “political madness.” Filled with stunning images, it places the infrastructure of the road at the centre of a drama where humans are at the mercy of mudslides, torrential rains and volatile rivers. There are no heroes or villains here; no easy answers. What we are left with is a lingering sense of the intersection of effort and folly.

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You can read a review by Matt Langley about Simón Uribe’s film, Suspension on our blog.

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Simón Uribe