"Desde El Fondo" reflects upon my personal experience of coming to terms with the longing and mourning for those close to me who have passed away. Furthermore, it is a story that speaks to memory and the history of my country, Bolivia, that fought the bloodiest and most impoverished war in Latin America in the 20th century, the Chaco War. This war was fought between Bolivia and Paraguay in the 1930s, fueled by world powers that fed the two poorest landlocked countries of the continent the illusion of finding oil and minerals in a deserted region. The majority of the 150,000 casualties perished from thirst and starvation. Oil was never found. Inspite of all the suffering, this war is a founding moment for Bolivia. Every Bolivian has a father or a grandfather that fought in this war, yet these brave men have been forgotten. My grandfather is one of these soldiers.
The film visually explores constant journeys between opposites: life and death, the present and the past, the earth and the underworld, life and death, the Andes mountains of La Paz and the semi tropical desert of the Chaco, light and darkness. Inspired on the nostalgic tone of fantasy stories such as "Alice in Wonderland", "Desde El Fondo" is a constant journey that creates unlikely connections between worlds and time periods as a way to visually explore timeless moral themes as well as issues that are historically and uniquely relevant to Bolivia and Latin America.
Adriana Montenegro is a Bolivian filmmaker, she received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2004, that allowed her to attend the Master in Fine Arts in Film Directing Program at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She graduated from the Masters program in 2008 and has worked in film, documentary, music videos, commercials and video installation in Bolivia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and London, her work has been screened in several festivals around the world. Adriana has been the recipient of the CNN New Visions of Latin America Award in 2005, the Colin Higgins Award for Best Screenplay, a Hollywood Foreign Press Award for excellence in Film Directing, Best Documentary Award 2007 at UCLA and the Director's Guild of America Award for Best Latino Short Film 2008 for her UCLA thesis film, "From the Core". In 2009, she was a fellow at the Binger Film Lab Director's eight-month residency program in Amsterdam, where she developed her first feature film. She now lives and directs in La Paz, Bolivia where she has established a production company, Indómita, that specializes in film, documentary and commercial production.