“Encanto”: 5 details of the Disney movie that you will understand better if you are from Colombia

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The young Mirabel is the protagonist of Encanto.

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It is the first Disney movie inspired by Colombia.

After the success of “Coco”, set in Mexico, “Encanto” tells the story of a family that lives in a magic house in the middle of the mountains of Colombia.

Although the story is universal, some winks of the film only Colombians will understand.

To achieve that level of detail, the Disney producers worked with the asesolaugh of Colombian anthropologists, botanists, musicians, linguists and architects.

“Encanto”, directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, with music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, opens this November 24.

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These are five details with which many Colombians will feel identified, and that could happen unnoticed for viewers from other countries.

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1. Violence and forced displacement

The Madrigal family was forced to leave his town because of the violence.

In real life, millions of Colombians have suffered a similar situation: they have been forcibly displaced because of the internal conflict between guerrillas, paramilitaries, drug traffickers and the armed forces of the country that began more than 60 years ago.

Colombia is the country with more displaced interns of the world.

Between 1985 and 2020, more than 8.3 million people in Colombia had to leave their home fleeing violence, according to figures from the Colombian government that includes a report from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) of June 2021.

Victim of violence.

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The Madrigal story is that of millions of Colombians who have left their homes because of the violence.

2. Biodiversity

Colombia is one of the 17 countries that the United Nations Environment Program recognizes as megadiversos.

According to data from the Colombian government, the country is home to 14% of the planet’s biodiversity in its territory.

The Madrigal house is surrounded by wax palms from the Cocora Valley, which are the national tree of Colombia and the tallest palm trees in the world, reaching 60 meters in height.

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Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world.

You can also see the coffee plantations, the variety of flowers and the exuberance of the vegetAmazonian action.

Little Antonio lives surrounded by toucans, tapirs, chigüiros, coatis and a jaguar, the largest feline in America, and the third largest in the world after the lion and the tiger.

Most jaguars live in the Amazon and are constantly threatened by deforestation.

There is also a scene dedicated to river of seven colors, located in Caño Cristales, in the Serranía de la Macarena Natural Park.

Caño Cristales

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The river of the seven colors is one of the natural attractions of Colombia.

3. The music

The miscegenation between europeos, Africans and Indigenous natives produced in Colombia a musical variety that changes from region to region.

In “Encanto” appears the accordion, of German origin, and the main instrument of the vallenato, a musical genre from the Colombian Caribbean brother of cumbia, which also plays throughout the film.

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The accordion is a central element in Colombian folklore.

The central song of the film “Colombia, my charm”, performed by Carlos Vives, is a modern version of a vallenato with accordion, mixed with champeta, another rhythm from the Colombian Caribbean, very popular in cities like Cartagena, and with African and Antillean roots.

You can also hear the salsaAlthough it is not of Colombian origin, it is very popular throughout the country, with the city of Cali as one of its bastions.

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In cities like Cali, salsa is lived and danced with fervor.

The piano notes that Mirabel’s father plays correspond to the beginning of the song “En Barranquilla me quedo”, by the singer Joe arroyo. The song is one of the hymns of the Barranquilla Carnival, one of the most important folkloric festivals in the country.

4. The clothing

Mirabel’s colorful dress is inspired by a costume from the municipality of Vélez, in the department of Santander, which is used for special occasions and to which tribute is paid in the festivities of that region.

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Mirabel wears a typical Santander dress and a Wayuú backpack.

The bag that is hanging is a backpack very similar to those made by the natives wayuú, who inhabit desert areas on the La Guajira peninsula, facing the Caribbean Sea in northern Colombia.

We also see people with hats “vueltiaos” and guayabera shirts, very popular in the Caribbean region, where the climate is warm.

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Bruno uses a ruana.

Instead, Bruno and other characters use ruanas, which are widely used ponchos in departments such as Boyacá and Cundinamarca, to protect themselves from the cold of the highlands in the center of the country.

5. The food

Although Colombia and Venezuela dispute the authorship of the arepas, in “Encanto” the central role they play in Colombian cuisine is reflected.

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An arepita to heal wounds?

In the country, each region has its own type of arepas. They are fried or roasted, made from corn or cassava flour, sweet or salty, large or small, and with a variety of fillings.

As Mirabel’s mother shows, a piping hot cheese arepita can be the solution to many problems.

Also appear fritters, very popular at christmas time.

At Isabela’s engagement dinner, the main course is the ajiaco Santafereño, a chicken, potato and corn soup typical of the capital.

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Mirabel with her pots.

The gift that Mirabel receives at the beginning of the film are the famous pots from Valle del Cauca, in western Colombia.

These are sugarcane-based sweets that each year the godparents deliver on the traditional Godson Day. The pots are accompanied by colorful kegs and ornaments.

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Other curious facts

The yellow butterflies: They are one of the most striking symbols of the magical realism of the Colombian Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez and his novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude.”

The silleteros: in a scene where Mirabel sings, a couple of peasants are seen carrying heavy flower arrangements behind their backs. They are the silleteros, emblematic characters of the department of Antioquia dedicated to floriculture and who each year compete in the silleteros parade at the Medellín Flower Fair.

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“Encanto” pays tribute to the silleteros of Antioquia.

The shuffle: in the same sequence men appear playing shuffleboard. The game is typical of the central zone of the country and consists of throwing a metallic disk against some sheets of gunpowder that are arranged in the middle of mud or clay. If the puck hits the gunpowder ballot there is an outburst of victory.

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Yew is an indigenous Colombian sport.

The salt: Bruno throws salt over his shoulder because in some regions of the country this is an omen that provides protection against difficult times or risky situations.

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Point with your mouth: If you are in Colombia and you ask where is some place or where is an object that you need, do not be surprised or upset if instead of pointing with the finger, the person responds by pointing with his mouth to indicate the correct direction, as he Mirabel makes her cousin Antonio.

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“The little house”: she is herself a character in the movie. Its architecture is reminiscent of the typical haciendas of the Colombian coffee zone, but the balconies and the bougainvillea that hang from them remind us of the famous colonial houses of the Historic Center of Cartagena.

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