Liborio is a peasant who disappears in a hurricane and returns as a prophet, people follow him and isolate themselves in the mountains seeking total freedom, until the country is invaded by the US Marines.

Interview with director Nino Martínez Sosa:
"We tried not to make too many cuts while we were improvising and, as an editor I took the same approach as Liborio: to take away the bad things and let the good stay!"

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"Subverts expectation at several crucial junctures."


In the early 20th century, Liborio, a peasant, disappears in a hurricane and returns as a prophet. He says he’s been given a mission: to bring the good and take away the evil, curing the sick and teaching by example. People begin to congregate by his side and they move to the mountains to have total freedom and develop the dream of an independent community. Everything changes when the invading US Marines wants to disarm and disband the community. Liborio wants to avoid a confrontation but knows that they can't run forever.

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Director: Nino Martínez Sosa
Genre: Drama - Historical, Anti-colonialism, Community, Biographical, Grassroots, Spiritual
Country of production: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Qatar
Year of production: 2021
Length: 99 mins
Color: Color
Shooting format: Arri Raw
Screening format: DCP 1.77
Original language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

Cast: Vicente Santos, Karina Valdez
Scriptwriter: Nino Martínez Sosa, Pablo Arellano, Ramón Emilio Candelario, Fidia Peralta,
Director of photography: Oscar Durán
Editor: Angel Hernández Zoido, Nino Martínez Sosa
Sound design: Maite Rivera Carbonell
Sound mixing: Nahuel Palenque
Producers: Fernando Santos Díaz, Nino Martínez Sosa
Production company: Guasábara Cine
Co-production company: Balsié Guanábana Macuto, Quenepa Producciones

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Festivals / Awards

International Film Festival Rotterdam, Tiger Competition
Göteborg Film Festival, Ingmar Bergman Competition
Tertio Millennio FF, Italy
New Directors/New Films, USA
Festival Pachamama, Brazil
Shanghai IFF, China
Costa Rica IFF, Costa Rica
Third Horizon FF, USA
BlackStar FF, USA
Lima FF, Chile - Best Direction Award & Second Special Mention of the jury
Association Le Tandem, Switzerland
AFI Latin American FF, USA
Trinidad+Tobago FF

Taipei IFF, Taiwan
Africa FF, Belgium
Cine Latino FF, USA
Gangneung IFF, South Korea
Imagenes del Sur, Norway
Cinemartinique F, Martinique
Latinamerika i Fokus, Sweden

Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema
Cork IFF, Ireland
NICHO 54, Brazil
Seville European FF, Spain
Dominican FF in NY, USA
Houston Cinema Arts Festival, USA
FILMAR, Switzerland

WOW Wales One World Film Festival, UK
Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), USA
Latin American film Festival Ottawa, Canada
Tarifa African Film Festival, Spain

Latin American Week, Germany  
Monde en Vues FF, Guadaloupe

Johannesburg Film Festival, South Africa



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