Archive of films Flower of a Thousand Colours / Flor de Mil Colores

2015, 23 min

Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow
Year: 2016

Bolivia, 4,897 meters above sea level. A mother of six heads for the mines every day in order to keep the family afloat. Although the region in which she lives has come under the sway of demon alcohol and ever-present hopelessness, Emiliana doesn’t complain about her lot. Flower of a Thousand Colours is a subtle portrait of a resilient woman who refuses to submit to the harsh conditions of reality, determined to fight it with patient resolve.


Bolivia, 4,897 meters above sea level. A normal day begins for Emiliana. She sees to her five kids, and then sets out for her daily grind in the mines. The view of the mountains may be reminiscent of paradise on Earth, but the inhabitants’ humdrum existence is the diametric opposite. The poverty and ever-present hopelessness have allowed demon alcohol to hold sway, and the consequences have hit Emiliana’s family. Flower of a Thousand Colours offers up a subtle portrait of a resilient woman who refuses to succumb to the brutality of the world.

Anna Purkrábková

About the director

Karen Vázquez Guadarrama (b. 1988, Mexico City) graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. Her first short feature Mont d’Or (2014) was selected for the program of many international festivals and took the Grand Prix at the Kratkofil Plus fest in Bosnia and Herzegovina. With a feeling for detail, the director creates short documentaries and dramas that capture the everyday lives of seemingly ordinary people.


Karen Vázquez Guadarrama
Biezenstuk 83, 9000, Gent

Flanders Image
Bischoffsheimlaan 38, BE1000, Brussels
Tel: +32 22 260 630
Fax: +32 221 919 36

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow
Director: Karen Vázquez Guadarrama
Screenplay: Karen Vázquez Guadarrama, Bart Goossens
Dir. of Photography: Karen Vázquez Guadarrama
Music: Bram Bosteels
Editor: Karen Vázquez Guadarrama
Producer: Bart Goossens
Production: Visiophonics
Coproduction: KASK School of Arts
Contact: Karen Vázquez Guadarrama, Flanders Image


Karen Vázquez Guadarrama

Film Director


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