García Bejarano, Manuel Francisco
Arango Pulgarín, Daniela
Spinning traditions is a 25-minute non-fiction unit in documentary format that addresses the way in which the traditional craft of spinning is affected in the villages of Venta de Llano and Cruz de Murcia in the department of Boyacá. Having as a common thread the testimony and life history of Venilda, an older spinner, Jefferson, a sheep shearer, and Wilmer and Diana, artisans of products made with wool. This journey takes us through the changes and transformations experienced by a work threatened by time. This project was born from the interest that, as reporters, journalists and filmmakers, we have towards societies and their cultures, in a search to portray everything that speaks to us of our roots, of the constant transformation of our peoples and with it, of the inevitable change of traditions and ways of life in the course of time. This inquiry made, above all, that we reflect on the power of the gaze, a real and conscious gaze on what surrounds us, worries us and concerns us. Hence, the inclination to give a voice and portray, with the greatest possible fidelity, the reality of people who today are the face of a threatened knowledge, at risk of extinction. The research of the documentary project is based on a qualitative methodology that "can be defined as research that produces descriptive data: people's own words, spoken or written, and observable behavior", in search of documenting, in an audiovisual way, the spinning tradition in Venta de Llano and Cruz de Murcia, Boyacá. This methodology allowed us to know the process of transformation of the spinning tradition in the sidewalks, and the experiences that spinners and weavers have faced with this situation from an approach to their personal stories, lifestyles, as well as their memories, learnings, and how they face the current situation of their trade.