Ottawa, May 5, 2015. The Embassy of Venezuela in Canada participated in the 19th Latin American Film Festival of Ottawa, an event promoted by the Canadian Film Institute and the Latin American embassies accredited to Canada. " Diary of Bucaramanga – Last Days of Simon Bolívar" was the film selected for the occasion; where the written accounts by French General Luis Peru de Lacroix (1780-1834) were given life, and is a literary work that reflects in detail some aspects of Simon Bolivar’s life during his stay in that Colombian city.
De Lacroix, who by then was an assistant to Bolivar, reflected in each of the manuscripts his experiences alongside the Father of the Nation, as well as personal testimonies between April 1st and June 26th 1828 during his stay in Bucaramanga.
Diary of Bucaramanga – Last Days of Simon Bolívar is a reflection of the struggle by the people for freedom that the Liberator undertook, reason that led him to have many enemies, including the wealthiest and oligarchic classes of the time.
The evening was propitious to recall the libertarian thoughts of Simon Bolivar, which are still relevant today. The liberation struggle led by the Father of the Nation took him to remote places that are unimaginable to get to without the use of vehicles, aircraft or trains.
The event had a successful attendance of more than 250 people, with a high participation of students from different faculties of the University of Carleton, and the Latin American-Canadian community that make up the social life in Canada’s Capital.
Ambassador Wilmer Barrientos who gave the opening remarks noted that very few remember the conviction for freedom, love for the disadvantaged and his tireless struggle against the oppressors, as Bolivar fought in an area of over 5000 square kilometers, which he toured on a mule, amid the worst adversities. The extension of land that Bolivar covered gives us an idea of his sacrifice and greatness. He traveled from Caracas to La Paz, Capital of Bolivia on a mule.