Carta a una Sombra, screening and Q&A with Héctor Abad Faciolince

When and Where

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Innis Town Hall
Innis College
2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5


Héctor Abad Faciolince


The Spanish & Latin American programs are pleased to invite you to join us for the screening of this documentary, followed by a Q&A session with Héctor Abad Faciolince.

In 2006, Héctor Abad Faciolince published Oblivion: A Memoir (in Spanish as El olvido que seremos ), a harrowing account of the life and death of his father Héctor Abad Gómez, a Colombian pioneer in the field of public health and a vehement defender of human rights, who was assassinated in cold blood by a hitman on the streets of Medellín in 1987. The documentary reconstructs the story of the book by delving into the most intimate spaces of the Abad family and relying on a valuable family archive. Between personal memory and historical memory, in "a battle against forgetfulness, against oblivion", Letter to a Shadow presents a chilling portrait of the political violence that plagued Colombia and produces an x-ray of Colombian society from the privacy of the mourning of the Abad family.

Documentary film. 73 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Directors: Daniela Abad and Miguel Salazar.

Please, note: The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. The Q&A will be held in Spanish. We are glad to offer simultaneous interpretation for a limited number of attendees. If you require interpretation, let us know when you book your ticket.

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Contact Information


Latin American Studies program, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Jackman Humanities Institute, Department of History, CERLAC York University


2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5