Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Directed by Justin Webster

90 minutes / Color
Spanish / English subtitles
Release: 2015
Copyright: 2015

How did a boy from a tiny town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of millions? How did he change our perception of reality with his work?

The answers lie in the incredible story of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the 1982 Nobel Prize winner in Literature.

A law-school dropout and political journalist who grew up in the poverty and violence of northern Colombia, Gabriel Garcia Marquez became the writer of globally celebrated, critically-acclaimed books including Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Known as "Gabo" to all of Latin America, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's sensual, "magical" sensibility leds him to the forefront of the political struggles of the 1970s and 1980s—including a pivotal and previously unknown role in negotiations between Cuban leader Fidel Castro and American President Bill Clinton—and into the hearts of readers across the world.

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In addition to Clinton himself, the documentary GABO: THE CREATION OF GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ includes former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria along with writers Juan Gabriel Vasquez and Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza; journalists Enrique Santos, Maria Jimena Duzan and Xavi Ayen; New Yorker correspondent and author Jon Lee Anderson; biographer Gerald Martin; literary agent Carmen Balcells; and siblings Aida and Jaime Garcia Marquez in its thoughtful and personal study of the writer's life and legacy.

"This biography of Garcia Marquez has the narrative tension of an investigation."El Espectador

"Explores the ways in which the creative imagination can transform the raw material of life-time, memory, history, even the stone and soil of the earth itself-into illuminating works of art."The Boston Globe

"Webster has amassed an impressive collection of voices for his investigation into the life of the man behind the Nobel Prize-winning myth.Remezcla

Recounts the life of the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude from birth in the humble village of Aracataca, in northern Colombia, through his passion for writing, family life, time in the political battles the 1970s and 1980s, and crowning as winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature."El Siglo de Torreon

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Select Accolades

  • Nominee, 2016 International Emmy Award
  • Best Documentary, 2016 Chicago Latino Film Festival
  • 2015 American Film Institute (AFI) Latin American Film Festival
  • 2015 Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival
  • 2015 Lima International Film Festival
  • 2015 Docs DF Film Festival of Mexico City
  • 2015 Kosmopolis Barcelona Film Festival
  • 2015 New York Colombian Film Festival
  • 2016 Chicago Latino Film Festival


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