Shepot Berezy / Whisper From a Birch
Diana Montenegro / Russia Colombia / Documental / 2015 / 15 min


One picture. That’s the only thing the filmmaker brought with her, along with her luggage, on a trip to Russia. She took the picture of her 83-year-old grandmother, Bertha, taken on Mother’s Day. She was smiling without being aware of the camera. She doesn’t even know where Russia is on the map, but being far from Colombia, the filmmaker writes her a letter from the other side of the world.
Una foto es lo único que la realizadora llevó consigo y su equipaje a Rusia. Esa foto la tomó el día de la madre a su abuela de 83 años, Bertha. Ella sonríe aún sin ser consciente de la cámara. Tampoco sabe dónde está Rusia en el mapa, pero estando lejos de Colombia, la realizadora le escribe una carta desde el otro lado del mundo.

Festivals / Awards: Premio Nacional de circulación de documentales, IDARTES Cinemateca Distrital (Colombia 2015). Selección oficial, Cairo Women’s International Film Festival 2016. Selección oficial, Festival Internacional de cortometrajes LAKINO (Berlín, 2015). Selección oficial, Mostra Internacional documental LUPA (País Vasco, 2015)


Diana Montenegro is graduated from Universidad del Valle. In 2007 she released her first short film Sin Decir Nada and won the India Catalina award at Cartagena International Film festival (2008), Audience Award and Excellence Award at the Tokyo International Video Festival (2009), among others. She was one of the directors invited to the Documentary Workshop of Russian State University of Cinematography – VGIK (2012). In 2011, she released her second short film Magnolia (35 mm) with the support of the Fund for Film Development – FDC and the Foundation Gilberto Alzate Avendaño.  Official selection at Molodist, Moscow SFF, Sao Paulo SFF, Vladivostok, Biarritz). Currently she is in promotion of her documentary Whisper From a Birch  and writing her debut feature film The Soul’s Fluttering (Grant for development, FDC 2015)