Profiles

Here you will find the profiles of directors, producers, audiovisual producers, actors, technical staff, etc. That by their trajectory and recognition have a prominent place in the national cinema.

Director, Still photography

Raúl Soto

Raúl Soto Rodríguez is a documentary director, researcher, screenwriter, and photographer. He studied Social Communication - Journalism at the Pontifical Bolivarian University and specialized in Political Communication at EAFIT University. He was a founding partner of the Wild Wood Corporation in 1994 where he made his first documentary Desde mi casa veo el barrio (I see the barrio from my house) (1997) with which he obtained an honorable mention in the Medellin Without Borders exhibition of the Social Foundation in 1998. His practice in communications was in the film La vendedora de rosas (1998) by Víctor Gaviria where he had a strong initiation into the fixed-photo trade by photographer Eduardo (La Rata) Carvajal.
 
She has been a fixed-photographer of the feature films Rosario Tijeras (2005) by Emilio Maille, El trato (2008) by Francisco Norden, Operation E (2012) by Miguel Courtois, Eso que llaman amor (2016) by Carlos César Arbeláez, La mujer del animal (2016) by Víctor Gaviria, Escobar (in post-production) by Fernando León de Aranoa and Human Person (in post-production) by Frank Spano.
 
In 2004 he directed El San Juan un río con alma (A river with soul) and in 2005 Bajo el cielo caucano (Under the Cauca sky), both documentaries of ecological content. Later he directed the documentaries on youth and human rights, La juventud no va a la guerra (Youth doesn’t go to war) (2005), O comemos o pagamos (We eat, or we pay) (2007), Esto tiene que cambiar (This has to change) (2007), La ciudad detrás de los espejos (The city behind the mirrors) (2008), Acción directa no violenta (Non-violent direct action) (2009) and La energía de la comunidad (The Energy of the Community) (2010). 
 
In 2009, he created with his friend Leonardo Jiménez, the Social Development Corporation Mundo Austral, and from there he has produced several documentaries including La casa de las flores (2009), Selection of the X Festival Santiago Alvarez imemoriam 2010 in Cuba; El café de la cordillera, winner of the award for the best Antioquian filmmaker in 2012 in the Medellin contest to see you better; Tengo una bala en mi cuerpo, a beneficiary of a documentary production stimulus of the FDC in 2012, guest Doculab.5 of the International Film Festival in Guadalajara 2013 and premiered at the Colombian Film Festival of Medellin in 2014. He was director of 106 episodes of the series of documentary stories about minorities Voces que suman (Influential voices) produced by the Teleantioquia channel for ANTV between 2013 and 2015, which was nominated for the award as Best Social Inclusion Program at the India Catalina Awards of the year 2015 and had an honorable mention at the CIPA awards that same year.
 
In 2014 he won the call of the Ministry of Culture for writing children's feature film script with the work Harón, la guagua y el tren (The bus and the train), where he tells a story in time of the Colombian trains of a child who loses his pet and returns by the train track to recover it in the distant city of Medellin as part of the inauguration of the Bankruptcy Tunnel of 1929. His documentaries, Dignidad, respeto y amor (Dignity, Respect and Love) (2015), Entre los ríos y el desierto (Between the Rivers and the Desert) (2016) and Las raíces de la paz (The Roots of Peace) (2016), highlight the culture and resistance that the Antioquia indigenous people support in the context of the Colombian armed conflict and post-conflict.
 
His most recent work is the feature film El segundo entierro de Alejandrino, which received the WIP Infrared Documentary Cinecolor-Colombia and LAPOST Studio in Puerto FICCI awards from the 59th Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival 2019 and the WIP Cinecolor-Mexico Award of Doculab.11; in addition to the Special Jury Award for Ibero-American Documentary Feature film at the International Film Festival in Guadalajara -35 FICG- 2020 and the award for Best Latin American Feature Film at the II Latin American Film Festival in Native Languages 2021.
 
In the field of photography, in 1998 he was graphic reporter for the newspaper El Mundo. He was the creator, with graphic reporters Fredy Amariles, Julio César Herrera and Albeiro Lopera, of the project of education in photography in popular sectors Click for the Barrios, project that won the calls of the Mayor of Medellin in the photography modality in 2006. He was coordinator and graphic reporter at the IX 2010 Medellin South American Games.
 
Last updated: April 2021.

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