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Jericó, July 20, 2014

 

“Today, I got settled in Jericó. After lunch, Amalia and I loaded the car that Premex lent me with blankets, crockery, cutlery, and a toaster oven, everything I needed for the house I rented. I brought everything with me from Medellin yesterday: my equipment, the computer, cameras, etc. I feel happy and although I don’t know what this adventure holds for me, I feel like I’m where I should be”.

 

Paris, July 11, 2016

 

Inspired by the courage and generosity of the characters that share their most private spaces and stories in the film, I’ve dared to share with you here some of the notes from the journals I kept throughout this adventure. I call them my “Flight Log”.

 

I like big, lavish notebooks. Where there’s room for everything: ideas, dreams, lists of chores, meetings, poetry, accidents, technical stages, mental maps, budgets, grocery lists, wise revelations from daily life, what I learn from others, the disappointments, the wonders, what is already clear, what is still foggy, and the unseen still simmering inside. Fruits that seem frozen in time but actually mature at a mysterious pace.

 

One of the mantras for this project is from a book by Mathieu Ricard that I read before arriving in Jericó: “Rien à perdre, rien à gagner, tout à donne” (“Nothing to lose, nothing to gain, everything to give”). Doña Chila said it wisely in her own way: “What is, is”. The notes I’ll being publishing here are moments that weave together this process of co-creation with life; they are the breath of The Infinite Flight of Days.

 

Catalina Mesa.

 

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