Julián David Correa

When asked about this book, the filmmaker Felipe Aljure said, “I think it’s going to be a more ‘sui generis’ account of film history,” and it’s true: this is a historical account of our film traditions. In the following pages, you will find facts about and chronicles of film, politics, and legislation—but also sensory details, atmosphere, and characters. One thing I want to emphasize is that film can change the world: film changes our way of thinking, and a new way of thinking can change the world. This is a fact. Writing for film and the state institutions that support it can change the lives of people and communities; that’s the idea behind these narratives.


Writer, cultural organizer, filmmaker, and film critic. He worked for Colombia’s Ministry of Culture when it was first founded, helping to create the institutions that would transform the country’s film industry. He was the deputy director of UNESCO’s Regional Center for Books in Latin America, Spain, and Portugal (CERLALC) . As director of the Bogotá Cinemateca, he led an institutional overhaul that included devising its nine central strategies, establishing the Bogotá Film Commission, and creating publications like Notes on Colombian FilmNew Generation. He designed the new Bogotá Cinemateca, successfully fundraising for the new building in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Bogotá’s Art Institute (Idartes). He is a co-founder of Ciclo Rosa, a queer film festival. He was a selection assistant at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and has served as a judge for international festivals like FICCI and the Berlinale . He directed the TV shows En cine nos vemos [See You at the Movies] and Sin alfombra roja [Off the Red Carpet], among others. He served as the film directors’ representative on the National Council of Art and Culture in Cinema (CNAAC) and the film industry representative for the National Culture Council (CNC) in Colombia. He is a consultant for various audiovisual initiatives and cultural projects in the region. He won a Latin American prize for short fiction and a national one for screenwriting. In 2018, he published a research report on screenwriting (published by Proimágenes/FDC and Asociación de Guionistas Colombianos; later this year, he will publish a book of stories and essays Veinte viajes [Twenty Trips] with Sílaba Publishing House. His website is

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