WITH MY HEART IN YAMBO
(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.