Teenagers in Colombia conjure up a classmate named Alis, who manifests their concerns and desire to break the cultural cycle of violence and hope for a brighter future.
Winner of the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Nicolas van Hemelryck and Clare Weiskopf’s documentary is the result of a five-year workshop they ran at Arcadia boarding school in Bogota. Having created a safe space, they ask a group of teenage girls to create Alis, a fellow student, giving her whatever attributes they want. Addressing the camera directly, the girls’ discussion of their friend soon becomes an opportunity for them to contemplate their own feelings about – and experiences of – the world they live in. The result is a moving testament to their hope of a better world.