El Bastón
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 community 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.

16 min.
Directed, produced, shot, & edited by Nemo Allen


2022 DOC NYC
2023 SXSW
2023 Seattle International Film Festival
2023 Woodstock Film Festival
2023 Bogoshorts

Awards & Nominations:

2022 National Board of Review Student Award
2023 BAFTA Student Shortlist
2023 IDA Student Nomination
Vimeo Staff Pick

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