Jorge Caballero | Colombia | 2015 | Documentary | 73 min NY PREMIERE  Buy Tickets
Village East Cinema 4/11 @ 7:10pm Director present for Q&A
Village East Cinema 4/13 @ 3:00pm

A caring mother risks losing her daughter to an aggressive form of cancer. Patient grows into a monumental indictment of the heartless bureaucracy that has Colombian health care in its grips. The camera films from three perspectives. One is a tripod at the end of a long white hospital corridor, a door to the right opening into the room where the daughter lies dying. The second follows the exhausted, limping mother, who time and again must trudge the endless corridors to pry life-saving medication from the system’s clutches, and spend hours in waiting rooms only to be sent back and forth once more. The third camera films close-ups of the loving mother’s face, as she cares for her child, talks to her, moves her from place to place, or just keeps watch. Director Jorge Caballero’s decision not to film the patient is an inspired one. The mother is a victim of the system, but first and foremost she’s a paragon of infinite patience who leaves everyone around her speechless.



Jorge Caballero has a degree in Telecommunications Engineering and Audiovisual Communication. His is Producer and Director of Gusano Films, company based in Barcelona and Bogotá. He has developed several documentary films like Bagatela, Nacer, Mapa Mudo and Patient. He has received awards from prestigious festivals like BAFICI BuenosAires, FICG Guadalajara, Alternative Barcelona, Tribeca FMI, among others. He won the National Award for Documentary Colombia twice. Also, he develops interactive and transmedia projects like Speech Success, winner of Interactive TV Haiku Arte France and NFB Canada.