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Not just ‘cocaine and war’: Colombian pride at Oscar-winning Encanto’s positive portrayal

Animated film, influenced heavily by magical realism, breaks frequent representation as country beset by drugs and violence

When Encanto was announced the winner of the Oscar for best animated film on Sunday night, Martín Anzellini – the Colombian architect who helped develop the film’s representation of his home country – had little idea. Instead, he was watching Encanto at home with his twin toddler daughters, who had yet to see it.

“Once we finished watching the film, I checked my phone and saw my WhatsApp was going wow!” Anzellini said. “It was so exciting, I almost cried. And I hugged my daughters, as my work on the film was for them.”

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