‘Marmato’ Review

By Amber Underwood

After reading the description of the film, Marmato, I thought there was no way I could relate to the story.  I was wrong.      Marmato is the story of a small mining village in Columbia fighting for their home.  Director Mark Grieco, who emerged himself into the lives and culture of the Marmato people, takes the audience into the personal lives of the small mining community where they learn about the town’s struggles, their happiness, and their unwillingness to give up.

     The film follows the lives of two individuals, one who is willing to give up his mine if offered a fair price, and another who is not willing to give up the mine for anything because of his family. Through out the course of five years, the audience sees how the changes in their home affect them and their views on giving up or holding strong to their beliefs.
     Marmato is unlike many documentaries for the simple fact that the audience gets to know the affects of what is happening to the people, compared to only showing what is happening on the surface. The audience grows an emotional attachment to the people and their cause; they find find themselves  wanting what they want. As Grieco forms relationships with the people in this area, he touches more on the emotional affects of mining in this area. Shortly after a year, Grieco was welcomed into the home of one of the local miners, Dumar Velez, and was introduced to his family. Through Dumar’s family we see the first hand affects of living in a mining community that is being taken over by outsiders.

This film is an honest and interesting story of courage to fight for what matters; it is nothing like what people have come to expect a documentary to be and the audience grows a personal attachment to the story and the characters. This film is a perfect five out of five for its originality and heart. Seeing life through the eyes of others in a culture completely different from ours is incredible. It helps us realize everything we take for granted and what really matters at the end of the day. Marmato is more than just your average documentary; it has heart, and that is something we can all relate to.

Verdict: Incredible, In the end Marmato is a story of a small village in Columbia and their courage to fight for their town, family, and culture.
Positives: More than just your average documentary, honest and interesting story.
Negatives: Subtitles take a while to get used to.