Eagles Don’t Hunt Flies (Aguilas no Cazan Moscas)

Director: Sergio Cabrera
Screenwriters: Humberto Dorado

Institute History

  • 1995 Sundance Film Festival


A teenage boy tries to find out the real story behind an episode in his parents’ life that forced them to leave their hometown. When they refuse to tell him what happened, he travels on his own to the village to search for the truth. Told in flashbacks and using as a background Colombia’s violent political history, Eagles Don’t Hunt Flies is a new and entertaining film by director Sergio Cabrera.

Following the success of The Snail’s Strategy, which premiered last year at the Sundance Film Festival, Cabrera did what only a few directors in the world could: he made a new film in less than a year. With financing from Italy, France, Cuba, and Colombia, Eagles Don’t Hunt Flies is the result of a new world interest in Latin American cinema as cultural expression, as art, as entertainment, and as a profitable commercial venture. Hopefully it will make possible many more films like this.

With excellent performances by Colombia’s best actors and an original and humorous script by Humberto Dorado, Eagles Don’t Hunt Flies shows off Sergio Cabrera’s talent and his ability to make us laugh while exploring serious and original themes.

— Patricia Cardoso Mantilla

Screening Details

Sundance Film Festival Awards

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