SECUESTRO: A STORY OF A KIDNAPPING

SECUESTRO: A STORY OF A KIDNAPPING

    Price: $210.00

    Code: 1736
    Format: DVD

    Directed by Camila Motta
    1993, 92 minutes
    Spanish dialogue with English subtitles
    Purchase: $210 Classroom Rental: $150


    This critically acclaimed feature documentary dramatizes the complex problem of kidnapping in Colombia, where the disparity between rich and poor has turned kidnapping for ransom into a virtual business, with a kidnapping occurring every seven hours. In 1985, 20-year-old Sylvia Motta, daughter of a wealthy industrialist was kidnapped by ten armed men. Director Camila Motta, the victim's sister, re-creates the harrowing three months during which Sylvia was hained to a bed while their father negotiated for her life. The film utilizes a montage of interviews, dramatic re-creations, still photos, footage of daily life in Colombia, slow motion, alternating black and white and color cinematography, and actual recordings of the series of telephone negotiations between the and father. The result is an intense, dramatically compelling portrait of the psychological torment experienced by the victim and her family and the ruthless but thoroughly professional criminal methods of her captors.

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       "...among the most creatively complex and insightful documentaries in recent years...gripping from start to finish...Motta's tense docu-thriller is part anatomy of a kidnapping, part dissection of a society tipped between the haves and have-nots." --The New York Post

        "...innovative and fast-paced...creates palpable tension...and considerable drama." - -New York Newsday

       "An accomplished new documentary...a frightening picture of the normalization of terror." --New York Daily News