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La Libertad

Directed by Laura Huertas Millán
Colombia, France, 2017
Documentary, Short
  • Spanish
  • English
Ethnographic Fictions: Spotlight on Laura Huertas Millán


Matriarchs have assembled around a backstrap loom, a pre-Hispanic technique preserved by indigenous women of Mesoamerica. Unfolding like a weaving of figures and the gestures making up this labor, the film circulates between a domestic space, an archaeological museum, and a weavers’ cooperative.

Our take

Produced at Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab (Leviathan, Manakamana), the second film in our focus on Huertas Millán dives into a matriarchal universe and knits a rich portrait of female independence. Through the exploration of an ancestral craft, La Libertad quietly challenges our idea of freedom.

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Critics reviews

At a moment when certain key members of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab are going off the deep end, Colombian filmmaker Milián is showing once more why audiences were fascinated by the SEL’s output in the first place. . . . Milián’s formalism mimics the rigor of her subjects, combining the materialist precision of Liu Jiayin with the tactile, non-intrusive gaze of Bruce Baillie.
September 07, 2017
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