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Centre of Latin American Studies


Friends and colleagues of CLAS will be saddened to learn of the death on Friday of Luis Ospina, one of Colombia’s most important filmmakers and a former Visiting Fellow of the Centre of Latin American Studies (2008-09). Luis Ospina was a founding member of the “Cali School” of filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts amongst whom were his long-time filmmaking friend Carlos Mayolo and the writer Andrés Caicedo. Luis’s films span documentary, “mockumentary” and feature films. He is perhaps best known for his spoof documentaries “Agarrando pueblo” (with Mayolo, 1977) and “Un tigre de papel” (A Paper Tiger, 2008), which he screened for us in Cambridge, and for his creative reworking of genre film such as horror film in “Pura sangre” (Pure Blood, 1982) or noir in “Soplo de vida” (Breath of Life, 1999). He was a lively presence in Cambridge, screening and giving talks about his films with his characteristic wry humour, and will be greatly missed.

  • Link to an article published in El Tiempo, 27 September 2019