This evening I had a wonderful surprise when I fought against my initial desire to forego attending the screening of a Peruvian film entitled “Una Sombra al Frente” translated as Crossing a Shadow. I really did not expect that it would be interesting and actually harboured a devilish notion that I would slip out after about 15 minutes, under cloak of darkness.
The movie, in its simplicity, caught me in its arms and carried me through to the end.
Here is a little background: Enrique Aet is a young civil engineer dedicated to the building of roads and systems that will allow communication with the distant Peruvian Amazon region, at the beginning of the twentieth century. These were years when the idea of progress was predominant and the Peruvian society was engaged in the task of integrating a difficult territory. Crossing a shadow has the purpose of depicting a period of Peruvian history, not only in its physical and architectural settings, but also in the vital and personal options of those living in the initial years of the 20th century.
Now you see why I was, initially, unenthusiastic about the movie. Nothing in its description appealed to me.
Unexpectedly, this young man and all the people that he encountered, as he journeyed through life and love, aroused my interest.
You have to see it to know what I mean. I am sure you will identify with all the characters there because either you share those personality traits or you know someone like that.
I am just sorry that I did not highlight this earlier but the good news is that it will be screened once more. Details are as follows:
2 Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak, 53200 National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
- Friday, 5 December 2008 at 5.00 pm
Admission is free.
All are welcome.
I know it is a working day but if you happen to be in