WITH MY HEART IN YAMBO

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(María Fer­nanda Restrepo, Ecuador). 137 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: In this flawed but coura­geous el­egy, di­rec­tor Maria Fer­nanda Restrepo re­vis­its her own dread­ful past. She was 10 when her two older brothers – 14 and 17 at the time – dis­ap­peared in Ecuador. Her fam­ily would later learn that the boys were kid­napped, tor­tured and dumped in Lake Yambo by the Ecuado­rian po­lice, but that was only after years of in­quiries and protests stymied by po­lit­i­cal cover- ups and cruel lies.

The au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal el­e­ment in Restrepo’s story makes for sev­eral self­ind­ul­gent mo­ments that could have been trimmed, but it also adds a per­sonal touch and emo­tional weight that could only come from some­one so close to the tragedy. Apr 28, 3 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 4; Apr 30, 9: 45 pm, Innis Town Hall; May 5, 9 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 4.

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