Yo vi tres luces negras

I Saw Three Black Lights
Seventy-year-old José de los Santos lives in a village on Colombia’s Pacific coast. He learned the art of ritual burial as a child. Like his ancestors who were brought to Colombia as African slaves, he accompanies the dying and the dead on their way to eternal rest. One day, the ghost of his son Pium Pium, who was brutally murdered years ago, appears to José and tells him of his own impending death. Pium Pium warns his father that he must not die near his home; above all, he must be sure to cross over to the other side in peace. José embarks on his final journey, entering the jungle to find a place to die. But the area is controlled by armed groups. He must dodge their bullets and violence to save his soul from purgatory.
by Santiago Lozano Álvarez
with Jesús María Mina, Julián Ramirez, Carol Hurtado, John Alex Castillo
Colombia / Mexico / France / Germany 2024 Spanish 87’ Colour World premiere | Debut film


  • Jesús María Mina (José de los Santos)
  • Julián Ramirez (Pium-Pium)
  • Carol Hurtado (Teresa)
  • John Alex Castillo (Comandante)


Director Santiago Lozano Álvarez
Screenplay Santiago Lozano Álvarez, Fernando del Razo
Cinematography Juan Velásquez
Editing Ana García, Santiago Lozano Álvarez
Music Nidia Góngora
Sound Design Jose Miguel Enríquez
Sound Federico González Jordán
Production Design Marcela Gómez, Daniel Rincón
Costumes Ana Maria Acosta
Make-Up Manuela Muñoz
Casting John Alex Castillo
Producers Ana Maria Ruiz Navia, Oscar Ruiz Navia
Executive Producers Ana María Ruiz Navia, Oscar Ruiz Navia
Co-Producers Ruben Imaz, Yulene Olaizola, David Hurst, Paulo De Carvalho, Gudula Meinzolt, Santiago Lozano Álvarez
Co-Production Malacosa Cine Mexiko-Stadt
Dublin Films Bordeaux
Autentika Films Berlin
Bárbara Films Cali

Santiago Lozano Álvarez

The filmmaker studied social communications at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia and then film and television writing at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain. After making several short documentaries, he co-directed his debut feature film Siembra with Ángela Osorio in 2015. The film premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and won Best Film at Cinélatino Toulouse. He developed Yo vi tres luces negras while participating in the Cannes Festival Cinéfondation Residence in 2018.


2015 Siembra; co-director: Ángela Osorio 2024 Yo vi tres luces negras (I Saw Three Black Lights)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024