Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sins of My Father (Pecados de mi padre)

Director: Nicolás Entel

A documentary from Argentina based on the sinful life of Pablo Escobar, as told by his son, Pablo Escobar Jnr (or Sebastian Marroquin as he prefers to be known). Daddy was a much feared and revered Columbian drug lord who was allegedly responsible for the deaths of many people as head of the Medellin drug ring. Like Robin Hood, Pablo Escobar Snr had a philanthropic side and according to the documentary anyway helped his community by buying housing projects and soccer fields for the poor. Behind the facade of criminal mastermind lay a good husband and father and his son wrestles on camera with the father he loved and the monster he was. Nicolas Entel also interviews the sons of assassinated Columbian politicians Luis Carlos Galan and Rodrigo Lara Bonilla to get perspective of the enigma, Pablo Escobar Snr. The story of Escobar is told mostly through stock footage filmed by news crews in Columbia, which is often shaky and dull. Definitely has elements which will interest historians and criminal sociologists but lacks mass appeal.

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