By Allison J. Dickinson
What do you do to celebrate a big anniversary? If you’re Mexican producer Gabriel Santander, you make a movie. On Monday, October 29, Mexicans and Colombians alike tuned in to a special television documentary about one of Colombia’s most famous citizens – Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez, according to the English-language news site Colombia Reports. The film’s title, “Hoy comienzan los próximos cien años” (Today Begins the Next 100 Years), makes reference to García Márquez’ famed work of magical realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude.
According to Mexico City’s Ministry of Culture, which co-funded the project with Mexican Channel 22, the release was timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the author’s move to Mexico City, the 45th anniversary of the publication of One Hundred Years of Solitude, and the 30th anniversary of García Márquez winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. The documentary is no tour of the novel’s fictional Macondo, however. Instead, it explores important locations in the author’s life, such as his birthplace in Aracataca, Colombia, and his house in San Ángel, Mexico City, where he wrote his famed novel, according to the Bogotá-based culture and events website vive.in.
The site also reports that the documentary includes interviews with the writer’s close friends, such as fellow writer Emmanuel Carballo and the late novelist Carlos Fuentes, among others. Caracas-based El Universal reported that the documentary would air at 8 p.m. local time on Monday, October 29 in both Mexico (on Canal 22) and Colombia (Señal Colombia).
At this time there is no report that the documentary will be screened on U.S. television. Disappointed Colombia buffs with access to Nat Geo WILD may find a way to read another story highlighting events in Colombia. The channel is airing a feature on famed drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s escaped band of hippos. Colombia Reports says the estimated 35 escaped hippos make up the largest concentration of the animal outside of Africa. “The Invaders: Cocaine Hippos” will air on Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. EST.
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