Based on the memoir by Hector Abad Faciolince “Oblivion” (2006), the documentary focused on the life and death of doctor Héctor Abad Gómez, a pioneer in Colombia in the field of public health, social medicine, and human rights. Doctor Abad was killed in cold-blood by a hitman in the streets of Medellin in 1987.
The documentary also traces deep into the most intimate spaces of the Abad family relying on the valuable family archive. Between personal memory and historical memory, Letter to a Shadow. Oblivion is “a battle against forgetfulness, against oblivion,” it presents a chilling portrait of the political violence that ravaged Colombia and made an X-ray of Colombian society from the privacy of Abad family duel.
A panel follows the film
-Neil Prose M.D., Duke. Global Health Institute. Chair