Experiencing Interruptions?

I, Man.

In the middle of confinement, Sebastián wonders about the meaning of being a man, about his masculine and feminine side, he observes his past and his present, and through a self-portrait he builds his identity. 'Yo, Hombre' is a documentary short film that seeks to reflect one of the many forms of representation of being.

  • Joan Sebastián Ochoa
  • Joan Sebastián Ochoa
  • Sara Acero
    Sueños Baldíos
  • Joan Sebastián Ochoa
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Yo, Hombre.
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 7, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    480 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Universidad Autónoma de Occidente
Director Biography - Joan Sebastián Ochoa

As a film graduate, he has worked as an Assistant Director on short films such as Silents Sobs, Social Security, and the video clip Bliss. He was editor of Making Of and production assistant on the feature film Fósforos Mojados (2019), as well as production assistant at the Residencia Iberoamericana de Guión (2019). He worked in the Traffic department at the International Film Festival of Cali (2019). His documentary debut feature is I, Man.

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Director Statement

I was born in the city of Cali, and here I have grown up. A city in which problems of the peripheries burn everywhere, of different people who live together in community, who express themselves, who question and move in various circles, people who live their day-to-day almost unchanged in the midst of chaos, in a city that has political, economic and cultural problems, stalked daily by violence and death, and in many ways, in a city that always has to resist. A society overshadowed by customs and fierce sexism, in which from a very young age we are forced to constantly think about the virile, to think that the only form of love is towards women and that only she can be desired, that men do not cry and that they must be strong in the face of life's misfortunes, where it is emphasized that between boys you cannot give kisses, that should only be given to girls.

I am Sebastián, I grew up in an ambiguity, with imposed likes and a strong 'letting be'. I discovered my like towards men, art and feeling my emotions. Little by little I realized that I could not fit in with groups of men in academic or social settings, that I did not feel comfortable with their likes and topics of conversation. From a very young age I questioned the reason why I did not like what I was supposed to like, leading me to have several moments where I thought that what I was doing was not right, becoming someone introverted, repressed.

I was the one who created the barriers, the one who hid myself, always believing that outside I had to follow certain rules to be who I was. This documentary was created with the idea of looking for an answer to a constant question, but as it progressed, the same film showed me that it was not like that, that there is no answer and that everything really is inside me.

This is a short film that is made in times of confinement, where I intend to capture in images this feeling that at some point I felt, I seek to generate questions and emotions in the viewer, to sow a small seed of a topic that is urgent to put on the table of my country, and metaphorically, I invite it to flourish.