« Los Gaminos », who are they ? Children who have broken all ties with the family unit, a unit which has burst due to the atmosphere of aggression in the shanty-towns. These children, regrouped in a gang, try to survive in the streets of Bogota through begging, stealing and prostitution. For me, they are the essential expression of the contradictions, the fondamental problems which face Colombia and, even more, all the Latin American communities. Getting closer, and not without difficulty, to the painful problems of these abandoned children, was a very enriching experience, which allowed me to have a concrete and fruitful contact with the complexity of Latin American reality which I try to express through cinema. Ciro DURAN
Born in 1937, Ciro Duran studied at the Bogota University. In 1963 and 1964, he worked as a stage director in Caracas, then became assistant director in several corpoductions with Spain, Mexico, Italy and France. He directed « La Paga » in Venezuela in 1965, an average length film, then from 1970, back in Colombia, he produced and directed advertisements. In 1975, he directed the short film « Corralejas » and in 1977 and 1978 his first long feature, « Gamin ».
Title in Original Version : Gamin