Colombia Digital 2021

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The schedules shown for each event are in GMT-5 (Lima, Bogotá, Panamá…). Once the live streaming is over, the recordings will be available until 14 February at 12:00 am for free on this website, below each event description. Afterwards, they will be added to Hay Player, our online archive containing audio and video of the events from all Hay Festivals across the world.

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Event P4

Marta Quiñónez and Pala in conversation with Isabel Botero

Map of the words that speak about Medellín

 Sede Digital Medellín
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There are many ways of exploring an urban territory. Through its landscapes, its history, its traditions, its people. In this session, the City of Eternal Spring is examined under the lens of language, delving into the particular traits of the Spanish that is spoken in Medellín. The writer, editor and university professor Marta Quiñónez and the songwriter, poet and storyteller Pala will talk to writer and screenplay author Isabel Botero about the words that are featured in the linguistic map of the capital of Antioquia.

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Event 13

Marjane Satrapi in conversation with Catalina Gómez Ángel

 Sede Digital Medellín
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In her work, the graphic novelist and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi (Iran-France) explores the relationship between East and West. Her bibliography includes the successful Persepolis books, in which the author tells the story of her life from her childhood in Tehran, where she experienced the Iranian Revolution, to her adult life in Europe. In 2007 she co-directed with Vincent Paronnaud the film Persepolis, an adaptation of her well-known books, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature and won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2019, Satrapi’s film Radioactive, about the life of Marie Curie, was released.

This event is in English.

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Event 14

Joël Dicker in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

 Sede Digital Medellín
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The award-winning Swiss writer Joël Dicker presents his fifth novel, L’Énigme de la chambre 622 (2020), an autofiction thriller about a murder that takes place in the Palace de Verbier, a luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps. Years later, the writer Joël Dicker stays at the same hotel and starts to investigate that crime, which was never solved, together with Scarlett, a fellow guest and aspiring novelist, who accompanies him in his investigation while she learns about the art of writing. In conversation with the Colombian writer Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

This event is in French.

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Event GL3

Reading Group with Jerónimo Atehortúa

 Sede digital Medellín
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The director and screenplay writer Jerónimo Atehortúa is the author of Los cines por venir, a compilation of interviews conducted by Atehortúa with 15 contemporary filmmakers, setting them out as a glimpse of filmmaking now, and also a presentation of how each director understands and talks about their work. Jerónimo Atehortúa was born in Medellin. He graduated from the Universidad del Cine (Argentina) and from the Sarajevo Film Academy (Bosnia-Herzegovina). For years he was a film critic for El Mundo (Medellin) and has directed short films such as Deán Funes 841, Becerra, La emboscadura, ¡Vida al monstruo! and Rekonstrukcija. In conversation with Juan David Correa.

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Event 15

Thomas Piketty in conversation with Ricardo Ávila

Always capital

 Sede Digital Medellín
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The book Capital in the 21st Century by the French economist Thomas Piketty has been one of the most important works of economic theory and analysis in recent years. This popular and critical success has been translated into many different languages. In it, the author questions the relationship between equality and development, the role of the financial institutions that regulate the market and the historical share-out of wealth. Piketty will talk to Ricardo Ávila about his latest book, which is sure to be another landmark work, Capital and Ideology, a continuation of his analysis of the systems that govern our world.

This event is in English.

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Event 16

Benjamin Moser in conversation with Mario Jursich

Imagining Sontag

 Sede Digital Medellín
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Benjamin Moser (United States) is a writer, editor and translator. He has been a columnist for Harper’s Magazine and The New York Times Book Review, and has contributed to publications such as The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler and The New York Review of Books. His book Why This World. A Biography of Clarice Lispector, which has become a standard work of reference on this subject, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Moser’s most recent book is an acclaimed biography of another major 20th-century author: Sontag. Her Life and Work.

Event in Spanish.

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Event GL5

Reading Group with Sara Jaramillo Klinkert

 Sede digital Medellín
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In this session, we will talk with Sara Jaramillo Klinkert about her most recent book, Cómo maté a mi padre, a striking novel about the death of the author’s father, killed by contract killers in Medellin in the 1980s. An intimate encounter between readers and the author, moderated by Diego Aristizábal.

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Event 17

Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Ricardo Corredor Cure

The Northern Irish Troubles

 Sede Digital Medellín
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The writer and investigative journalist Patrick Radden Keefe, a staff writer at The New Yorker and a contributor to publications such as Slate and The New York Review of Books, has written an impressive and chilling book that deals with one of the most difficult periods in the Northern Irish conflict. It is a reconstruction of the murder of Jean McConville, a widow and mother, considered by the Republicans to be an informer working with the British. The book, entitled Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, was shortlisted for the National Book Award, and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Orwell Prize. In conversation with Ricardo Corredor Cure.

This event is in English.

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Event 18

Joe Sacco in conversation with Juan Cárdenas

 Sede Digital Medellín
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The Maltese journalist and cartoonist Joe Sacco combines a talent for storytelling in images with a nose for investigative journalism, and the result has been works such as Palestine (1993), Safe Area Gorazde (2000), Footnotes in Gaza (2009) and The Great War (2014), graphic novels that tell the stories of conflicts in the Middle East, Bosnia and Europe during the First World War. He has published cartoons in a range of publications including The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine and The New York Times, and is esteemed around the world for the originality and importance of his work. His most recent book is Paying the Land (2020), a graphic novel about the First Nations of Canada and the exploitation of its lands. In conversation with the Colombian writer Juan Cárdenas.


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Event P5

Víctor Gaviria in conversation with Jerónimo Atehortúa

Los cines por venir

 Sede Digital Medellín
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The extraordinary view of contemporary film offered by the director Jerónimo Atehortúa in his book of interviews with filmmakers, Los cines por venir, is the starting point for this cinephile conversation. Sure to involve plenty of stories, he will talk to a major figure from the world of film, the Colombian director, screenplay writer and poet Víctor Gaviria.

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Event P6

Carolina Sanín in conversation with Pascual Gaviria

 Sede Digital Medellín
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Carolina Sanín (Colombia) will talk to Pascual Gaviria about her latest book, Pasar fijándose, a selection of columns that she has published in the last 12 years in different outlets. Sanín is a Colombian writer and educator who is very active in the social media, where she reflects on contemporary phenomena and thinking. She has a degree in Philosophy and Letters from the University of the Andes and a doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese Literature from Yale University. She is the author of books such as Los niños, Somos luces abismales and Tu cruz en el cielo desierto, and also starred in the film Litigante, which won Best Film at the Chicago International Film Festival.

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