By Elijah Clarke, Staff Writer
On Sept. 16, The Libertador, a movie about Simón Bolivar, was shown in the Ogeechee theater as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month. Libertador, which means “liberator” in Spanish, was released in 2014. The movie is set in the late 1820’s and is the most expensive Latin American movie to this day.
The movie follows Simón Bolivar from childhood. Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia venerate Simón Bolívar as their liberator from the rule of Spain. His full name is Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco.
The movie, shown predominantly in Spanish with English subtitles, began with Bolivar as a child. It briefly touched on his family before skipping to his later years.
Kiara Morris, a sophomore professional communications major, said “The movie was so informative, and had beautiful scenery. I felt like I was taken to Latin America.”
According to the movie, Bolivar’s life changed after his love interest died. A colleague motivated Bolivar to go back into politics. He began giving speeches, and inspiring the public to the point where many were prepared to fight for freedom from Spain.
In the end the liberator and his army pulled through. Though the nations won their independence, Simón couldn’t escape being murdered Dec. 17, 1830.
Sophomore Andrew Jones had nothing but praise for “The Libertador.”
Jones said, “The movie taught me so much about the struggle of the countries that Simón liberated. Before coming to this movie, I didn’t know who he was.”
Not only did the movie bring together a diverse population of the Armstrong community, but it also educated students on the life of a prominent historical figure in Latin America. With events set to continue throughout next week, there is time for everyone to learn more about Armstrong’s Hispanic community and get involved with them.