52 Segundos / 52 Seconds

A film by Javier Andrade

This film was screened as a part of the 2018 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF21)

This feature was preceded by the short film Umunhum


52 Segundos


Ecuador, Documentary, 2017
93 min, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

On April 16th, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the coast of Ecuador, causing tremendous physical devastation. The event left several thousand people wounded and homeless, and 671 dead. It lasted 52 seconds. One of the most severely affected cities was Portoviejo, the hometown of Ecuadorian filmmaker Javier Andrade. Not knowing what else to do after the initial shock, Javier went home with a camera.

US Premiere


Javier AndradeJavier is an Ecuadorian writer and director who works in documentary and fiction. He has an MFA in film directing from the School of the Arts at Columbia University in New York City. He has directed the documentaries CANCIÓN DE TOQUILLA and LA CASA DEL RITMO. His debut fiction film, PORCELAIN HORSE, was submitted by Ecuador to the Academy Awards in 2014 in the category of Best Foreign Film. His newest documentary project is MURMUR OF THE RIVER, an autobiographical film about failure, parenthood, and the rivers that cross his native Ecuador.



Producer: Ana María Hidalgo
Production Companies: Punk S.A.
Screenwriter: Javier Andrade
Cinematographer: Javier Andrade
Editor: Carla Valencia, Javier Andrade
Sound Design: Esteban Brauer
Music: Mateo Herrera
Cast: Walter Andrade, Bella Hurtado, Didi Andrade

Print Source: María de los Ángeles Palacios,