Call of duty

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

A still from La pasión de GabrielA film based on the life of a priest is drawing large crowds in Colombia. La pasión de Gabriel is about a priest in a rural town whose passions include a search for justice in an area hemmed in by armed groups: far-right paramilitaries, Leftist guerrillas and security forces. Gabriel, the idealistic 33- year-old priest, stands up to inept local officials as well as the heads of the armed group that holds real power in the town. He ignores his superior’s warnings to stay out of things and insists on repairing a bridge linking the town with another. But the armed group that controls the area is opposed because it knows as soon as the bridge is built, the army will come in. “The film reflects the situation in war-torn Colombia, and Gabriel’s passion is the search for dignity,” the film’s director, Luis Alberto Restrepo said.

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