La Sierra Poster

Release Date: January 9th, 2005

DVD Release Date: February 20th, 2007

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary
La Sierra is the most violent barrio in one of South America's most violent cities, Medellín, Colombia. Like the nation itself, the neighborhood exists in a state of perpetual civil war, with the cocaine trade an active participant. As the ranks of rival gangs are killed off, their members grow ever younger. Edison, 22, is the old man on the block, a father of six. Jesus, 19, can feel death calling him. Cielo, 17, is already a widow. This acclaimed documentary chronicles one year in their lives.

Director: Scott Dalton , Margarita Martinez

Genres: Documentary

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A stark, relentlessly deglamorized vision of ghetto life, La Sierra is essential viewing for anyone who ponied up for the aestheticized amorality of the Brazilian "City of God." show more

  • The story of how La Sierra moves from a seemingly pointless war to an unexpected peace is a thrilling one, although the impact of seeing what becomes of these three kids is devastating. show more

  • The tragic victims in "City of God" are played by actors while those in La Sierra are flesh-and-blood real. show more

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