The Universal Man

Our country has a huge debt with Arnoldo Palacios, the main exponent of Afro-Colombian literature of the Pacific. The Universal Man is the only documentary that manages to extract from the darkness the secrets of this writer and thinker, following his steps from the municipality of Cértegui in the Chocó in the Colombian Pacific, until arriving in the north of France.

This audiovisual piece is an intimate approach to his life and work, pretending to elevate and leave in the Colombian and world memory his literary and philosophical legacy that, in spite of its greatness, has been ignored in the critical inventory of the Colombian novel, result of the racial problems of our country.

As a child, Arnoldo suffered a poliomelitis that affected his physical mobility; his masterpiece ¨Las Estrellas es Negras¨ was burned in the riots of April 9, 1948 while he wrote it, but he rebuilt it in two weeks; managed to obtain a scholarship to study at the Sorbonne University in France; he made a great speech in Warsaw to the socialist countries, and years later he married a true French countess; He was a friend of Leon de Greff, Milan Kundera, Salvador Allende, Louis Armstrong, Roman Polanski and even met Briggite Bardot.

El Hombre Universal is a documentary produced by the Telepacífico Channel under the direction of Andrés Morales. This piece is an intimate approach to the life of Arnold, but of course, a way to reinvindicate our thinking for the black race of our country.

  • Andres Morales
  • Andrés Morales
  • Ana Maria Mejia
  • Cecilia Petrini
  • Jota Palacios
  • Antonio Garcia
    Asesor de Investigación
  • Juan Pablo Ruiz
  • Acento Mestizo
  • Canal Telepacífico
    Casa Productora
  • Katherine Dossman
  • Ediciones Palacios
    Co Productor
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Colombia, France
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • FICCI Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena 2019
    March 10, 2019
    Seleccion Oficial
  • Premios India Catalina 2019
    March 1, 2019
    Colombia Premiere
Director Biography - Andres Morales

He was born in Palmira - Valle del Cauca - Colombia. He has been a movie enthusiast since he was very young, he studied theater in Bogotá, but life brought him closer to the audiovisual, beginning to work empirically as an assistant director of several television programs. Then he went to Cuba to prepare in the school of San Antonio de los Baños, then in the School of Eliseo Subiela in Buenos Aires became director. He studied Photography, Digital Edition in AVID - Premiere and Final Cut, Video clip, Documentary film and Executive Production. His short film "El Juego" has won international prizes. He has directed video clips for national and international artists, has made commercial television programs in Colombia, and directed the documentary series "Ilustradores" for Canal á in Argentina. After 20 years he returned to his homeland in the province of Valle del Cauca Colombia, where he recently directed the documentary series "Buena Letra" for a regional channel, and for which he was nominated for an Indian Catalina Award as best photographer. He currently directs the Audiovisual School of Villa de las Palmas in Palmira, a personal project that aims to train young people in his community in the different areas of audiovisual production. In 2018, he directed his first feature film "El Hombre Universal", recently nominated for an Indian Catalina 2019 Award for best documentary, and was part of the official exhibition of the last Cartagena International Film Festival FICCI 2019.

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