How did a boy from a backward town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of millions, from the poorest to the most powerful? How did he change our perception of reality with his work?
The answer lies in the incredible story of Gabriel García Márquez, the 1982 Nobel Prize winner for Literature and author of the globally-celebrated and critically-acclaimed masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude. The Colombian journalist and law-school dropout grew up in the poverty and violence of northern Colombia. He was propelled by a love of life and a sensual, magical sensibility, to become a pioneer of life-affirming literature, and to take part in the political struggles of the 70s and 80s.
The film shows the discreet but influential role Gabo played in relations with Cuba, the US and Colombia, in the Colombian peace processes and in particular the importance of Gabo’s friendship with President Clinton and Fidel Castro in all this. In our interview with President Clinton he talks about how close he and Gabo got to lifting the embargo before relations worsened again. Gabo died before he could see the success of the peace process, and the thawing of relations between Cuba and the US. Therefore it is a very moving and powerful tribute to a great Latin American who worked hard for peace, behind-the-scenes, to have President Clinton bear witness to that personally.
The film is a story about the incredible power of human imagination, which follows the interwoven threads of Gabriel García Márquez’s life and work – “Gabo” to all of Latin America – with the narrative tension of an investigation.