"Our Lady of the Assassins"
2000
Directed by Barbet Schroeder

Barbet Schroeder's first film away from Hollywood in 13 years also ranks as one of his best. A writer returns home to Colombia, with the intention of taking his own life, to find his hometown is a center for cocaine production and gang warfare. He becomes involved intimately with a teenaged gang member, but their relationship only brings the writer closer to the tragic state of his homeland. Shot guerilla-style digital video, on location in Colombia without permits, this film reaffirmed Schroeder's directorial vitality. In Spanish with English subtitles.  101 minutes.