In 1980s Colombia, Doctor Héctor Abad Gómez fights to lift the people of Medellin out of poverty. Despite the threats to his safety, he refuses to remain silent. The fate of this dedicated doctor and devoted family man is shown through the gentle and admiring eyes of his son. Based on real-life events, El Olvido que seremos (Forgotten We’ll Be) is simultaneously a portrait of an exceptional man, a family chronicle and the history of a country that has often been marred by violence.
When Fernando Trueba was asked to produce a film adaptation of El Olvido que seremos (Forgotten We’ll Be), he was initially concerned by the huge responsibility given to him. The director was already extremely familiar with the book that has left its mark on numerous readers—him as much as any—and understood better than anyone the scale of the task ahead. At first, he feared hearing the reaction: “I prefer the book” and was worried about the logistical challenges of telling a story that takes place over 20 years, but eventually was won over by the need to make the story universally known.