Between Fire and Water

(Entre fuego y agua)
Viviana Gómez Echeverry, Anton Wenzel | Documentary

2020 | 92 minutes | Colombia

Camilo is a young black man adopted by an indigenous couple in rural Colombia. Supported by his adoptive father, Camilo embarks on a journey to find his true identity and understand his two races.


Camilo is a young black man adopted by an indigenous couple in rural Colombia. He is the only black person in his community and has always felt different. For years, he has been wondering about his biological parents. The indigenous Quillasinga-governor gives him Ayahuasca, a sacred remedy for spiritual guidance. During this transcendent experience, Camilo has visions of his biological mother. Supported by his adoptive father, Camilo embarks on a journey to find his true identity and understand his two races.

With unprecedented access to the Quillasinga tribe, Between Fire and Water uncovers the social structure and justice system of this indigenous community. This award-winning documentary invites the audience to witness the traditional values of the Afro-Latin and indigenous peoples, two minority groups in a region that has historically rejected both, through this profound and personal coming of age experience.


"This film is highly recommended for any high school or adult group and should be widely available. Churches dealing with mission work, academics dealing with adoption, family, diversity, and racism, philosophers dealing with identity and belonging, and individuals interested in any of these areas would most likely find this a meaningful film." — Joseph Baumstarck, Jr., University of Louisville, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ivy Tech Community College, EMRO

"A remarkable portrait of a loving society with ancient values and rituals." — IDFA, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam

"With exquisite cinematography and a sensitive lens, the directors follow the path of father and son as they begin to reconnect Camilo to his roots and place of origin and build a bridge between his two very different worlds." — Hot Docs Festival

Main credits

Wenzel, Anton (film director)
Gómez Echeverry, Viviana (film director)
Gómez Echeverry, Viviana (screenwriter)
Barrera Gutiérrez, Sonia (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Viviana Gómez Echeverry; editor, Anton Wenzel; music, Rodrigo Restrepo Pabón, Carolina, Ortiz Cerón.

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Cervino Mountain Film Festival - Best Film
First People Film Festival Montréal - Best Cinematography
Cali International Film Festival - María Award to Best Colombian Film
IDFA - Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Viviana Gómez Echeverry, Anton Wenzel


YEAR: 2020

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Spanish; Indigenous languages

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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