Louis Alfredo Sanchez
Luis Alfredo Sánchez Crespo (Palmira, January 13, 1941-Cali, July 31, 2022) was a Colombian film director and screenwriter. He studied cinema at the Moscow Institute of Cinematography. He wrote, directed and produced feature, medium and short films, as well as several documentary productions, some of which have won different international awards. He also practiced journalism, university professorship and advertising. He was a screenwriter, editor, film and television producer and diplomat from his country abroad.
From a very young age, Luis Alfredo practiced journalism. At the age of twenty he was invited to Lima by the Peruvian poet Manuel Scorza to work at the International Organization of Book Festivals in the Peruvian capital. Upon his return to Bogotá, after a year, he joined the National Association of Journalists of Colombia and provided journalistic services on radio and the Agence France Presse.
Invited by the International Organization of Journalists he traveled to Algeria, Germany and Russia. In the latter country he received a scholarship to study film directing and obtained a master's degree in arts. His award-winning documentaries Leningrad and Moscow at First Sight served as his graduate thesis. During his six-year stay in the Russian capital, he was a correspondent for the Bogotá newspaper El Espectador, where he had a weekly chronicle program on Radio Moscow. He worked as a narrator in the Spanish dubbing of Russian documentaries and films.
Returning to Colombia in 1970, he directed the weekly cinematographic newscast "Cine Noticias" and several documentaries on social and political issues that caused great impact and received national and international awards, such as El oro es triste, The story that enriched Dorita, La patria boba and art and politics. Around that time, the writer Gabriel García Márquez gave him the rights to his story La siesta del tuesday for a film version that was never made.
He held the chair at the University of America and the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá. He was one of the founding members and director of the Association of Colombian Cinematographers. He directed Words of Poet, an investigative documentary about seven Colombian poets.
In the late seventies he was invited to Caracas by the Museum of Fine Arts to work there. He made two documentaries in Venezuela. One of them, Viva el color, about Ibero-American plastic artists, was awarded in several competitions.
He collaborated with the newspaper El Tiempo de Bogotá, the magazine Cromos, the Russian newspaper Gazeta Literaria and in several specialized film magazines.
In 1981 he directed his first feature film The Virgin and the Photographer and several medium-length films with the support of the state company FOCINE. Among the latter, El Potro Chusmero, the first part of the project of a plot trilogy about the liberal guerrillas of the Colombian plain in the fifties, aborted by state censorship. The prohibition of the Potro Chusmero from being broadcast on television generated protests from the media and intellectuals. There were editorial notes in the press and even the famous Colombian cartoonist Osuna dedicated two cartoons to the subject in the Sunday edition of the newspaper El Espectador. The film was selected for the San Sebastián Film Festival in Spain in 1987 and later won several distinctions.
He directed works for television, including Gotas amargas on the poet José Asunción Silva, with the participation of the cast of the Teatro Libre de Bogotá. He made the controversial commercials Drug is violence, documentaries on art and television series such as Localicémonos en Bogotá with twenty chapters. Some of his productions have been awarded at film festivals in Leipzig, Moscow, Karlovy Vary, Barcelona, Cartagena, Bogotá, Tashkent and others. He wrote with the writer Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza the serious