Documentary

Documentary Feature Film “A River Below”

Deep in the Amazon, the population of the indigenous pink river dolphin is dwindling. Docile and easy to catch, this near-mythical animal is being hunted to extinction and used as bait for scavenger fish. But two activists are each working tirelessly to raise awareness and protect the species. On the one hand a marine biologist and on the other a famous TV star, each has their own very different approach to their one common goal.

 

“Helkin René Diaz’s cinematography is often striking, with aerial shots of the winding Amazon River capturing a larger sense of the complex nature of the environment and the issues plaguing it.”  Variety, Magazine.

 

World premiere at Tribeca film festival  April 2017

International premiere Hot Docs,  Toronto. April 2017

Winner of Best Environmental Documentary at  Sheffield film Festival 2017

Director: Mark Grieco
Cinematographer: Helkin René Díaz
Editor: Dan Swietlik
Composer: Tyler Strickland
Executive Producer: Mike Erwin, Jeff Hewitt, Jerre Hewitt
Producer: Torus Tammer

2017

 

Documentary feature film “Jala, A Journey through the senses of water”

Jala: A journey through the senses of water gathers the over abundant diversity of India in a lyrical voyage along the river, where the most dissonant extremes, present in the colorful costumes, the smells and flavors, the majesty of the monuments (which gives a stark contrast to the apparent misery of those who roam them). In India all this exuberance is integrated into cycles (seasonal, astronomical, human), which define a way to perceive and understand time in which the constituents of the universe are placed in a hierarchy and transmuted without ever finding a single and final outcome; instead they embark on new cycles at other levels of existence. This is evident especially in the many rituals performed along the river: fire rituals to purify those who have died; rituals to initiate those who start a new phase in their lives; rituals to feed the ancestors who dwell in the afterlife. Just as the rituals are part of this cyclical conception of time in which the souls are “recycled” continuously, the practices of rural livelihood inIndia also follow a circular pattern, which prevents, for example, the appearance of a concept of waste or garbage in the Western sense.

Wrote and Directed by Roberto Restrepo
Co Director : Talía Carolina Osorio
Cinematography:
Helkin René Díaz
Felipe Aguilar
Research
Ana Milena Piñeros
Roberto Restrepo
2015

 

Documentary feature film “Uncensored”

Through the lives of three Colombian journalists, UNCENSORED recounts the peril journalists endured while covering Colombia’s narcoterrorism violence in the 1980s during the reign of Pablo Escobar’s Medellin cartel, the 1990s during the rise of corruption in the military and 2000s during a behind-closed-doors oppressive administration.
Despite differences in time period and situation, there are many reporters today in war-torn and conflict territories who suffer physically and psychologically in similar ways as the Colombian journalists of this era. The film will provide critical insights into the dangers journalists face while reporting from today’s conflict-torn territories such as Mexico, Central America and the Middle East.

Director: Stephanie Martinez
Cinematography: Helkin René Díaz
2014

 

Documentary feature film “La Corona”

The contestants are murderers, guerrillas and thieves. The winner will be crowned Queen, but she won’t be invited on a press tour as a role model for young girls. Instead, she will be escorted back to her cell. LA CORONA (The Crown) is a character-driven documentary that follows four inmates competing for the crown in the annual beauty pageant of the Bogota Women’s Prison.
Las concursantes son asesinas, guerrilleras y ladronas. La ganadora será coronada como Reina, pero no será invitada a ruedas de prensa, ella será escoltada de nuevo hasta su celda. LA CORONA es un documental intimista que sigue a cuatro candidatas que compiten por la corona en el reinado que se celebra cada año en la cárcel de mujeres de Bogotá- Colombia.

Sundance Premiere 2008
Oscar’s Academy Award Nominee 2008
HBO Premiere in September 2008
Direction: Amanda Micheli, Isabel Vega
Cinematography: Amanda Micheli
Additional Camera: Helkin René Díaz
More info runawayfilms.com
2008

 

Example Sequence “La Corona”

Sundance Premiere 2008
Oscar’s Academy Award Nominee 2008
HBO Premiere in September 2008
Direction: Amanda Micheli, Isabel Vega
Cinematography: Amanda Micheli
Additional Camera: Helkin René Díaz
More info runawayfilms.com
2008

 

Short film about Bogotá city
Shot on RED.
Cinematography: Helkin René Díaz, Felipe Aguilar.
2009

 

Trailer  “Jala, A journey through the senses of water” Trailer

Wrote and Directed by Roberto Restrepo
Co Director : Talía Carolina Osorio
Cinematography:
Helkin René Díaz
Felipe Aguilar
Research
Ana Milena Piñeros
Roberto Restrepo
2015

 

Reportage into Women Prison “El Buen Pastor” Commissioned by Global Post

In Colombia, beauty pageants are a national obsession. That these young women want to compete in one is nothing out of the ordinary. What is unique however, is who the contestants are.

Every year, the inmates at Buen Pastor women’s prison in Bogotá get the chance to hold a beauty contest and compete for the one thing incarceration hasn’t denied them: the chance to be queen.
Direction: Nadja Drost
Cinematography, photographies and edition: Helkin René Díaz.
Global Post Canada
October 2010