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El Bastón

16m Documentary 2022

Filmmaker Nemo Allen Maldonado travels to war-torn Cauca, Colombia, to witness the struggle of the Indigenous Nasa — and finish his recently deceased mother’s incomplete documentary.

We meet the Guardia Indígena, armed only with the titular batons, who defend their communities amidst the world’s longest running civil war. We follow Nemo as he reconciles his grief and, in the face of complex danger, realizes why his mother risked her life all those years ago.


Nemo Allen


Nemo Allen

Director of Photography

Nemo Allen


Nemo Allen

Associate Producer

Aditi Natasha Kini

Associate Producer

Juan Blanco García

Assistant Producer

Hanna Wallis

Sound Designer

Jeremy S. Bloom


English, Spanish

Closed Captions [CC]



Colombia, United States