Ciro and Me

(Ciro y yo)
Miguel Salazar | Documentary

2018 | 110 minutes | Colombia

Wherever Ciro goes, war always finds him. His children were recruited by the armies of war, his family was repeatedly displaced, and his indigenous wife died of sadness. Foreign to the system, but a victim of the system, Ciro has led a heroic anonymous struggle to live life on his own terms.


Ciro Galindo was born on August 29, 1952, in Colombia. Wherever he went, war always found him. His children were recruited by the armies of war; his family was repeatedly displaced; and his wife Anita, an indigenous woman, died of sadness. Foreign to the system, but a victim of the system, Ciro has led a heroic anonymous struggle to live life on his own terms.

After twenty years of friendship, I understood that Ciro's life sums up the history of Colombia. He is a privileged on-site witness of a war that seems distant and confusing. Ciro and Me narrates Ciro's journey to meet his past in a quest to rebuild his life and create a future for him and his son.

Like so many Colombians, Ciro is a survivor who after sixty years of fleeing the war, dreams of living in peace and dignity.


"Ciro has endured all the tragedies and all the insults of a war that has destroyed an entire country. But as long as there are worthy men like him, Humanity will never be defeated." — Luís Ospina, Colombian Filmmaker

"Miguel Salazar's film is as sober and stoic as its protagonist: Ciro. The Colombian tragedy is explained in a humble family, and hopefully this way we will understand it better, so that it doesn't happen again." — Héctor Abad Faciolince, Colombian Novelist

"After watching the movie, I finally felt that I was listening to the history of our war from the most important place of all." — Sandra Borda, Professor of Political Science

"The rhythm of the documentary takes us through the history and problems of a Colombian man who has lived through some of the most painful passages of the last twenty years of our country." — Colombia En Cine

"A documentary with real feeling, real testimonies, and an accurate historical account." — Colombia En Cine

"It is in particular stories like this that the Colombian tragedy is best portrayed. There are painted the pains, the injustices, but above all the indifference and insensitivity of those who could have done something to prevent so much pain..." — Héctor Abad Faciolince, Colombian Novelist

Main credits

Salazar, Miguel (film director)
Salazar, Miguel (film producer)
Salazar, Miguel (screenwriter)
Galindo, Ciro (on-screen participant)
Galindo, Esneider (on-screen participant)
Vela, Catalina (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Carlos Hernández, Magela Crosignani, Francisco Medina; editor, Andrés Porras; music, Camilo Sanabria.

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Havana Film Festival - Best Documentary
Colombian Film Festival NY
Biarritz Film Festival
HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival
Political Cinema International Festival
Cali International Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Miguel Salazar


YEAR: 2018

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Spanish; Indigenous languages

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: College, Adults



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