Sebastian Marroquin, the 32-year-old son of infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar knows a thing or two about forgiveness. Forced to live the life of an outlaw as a child due to his father's involvement in narcotrafficking, Marroquin changed his name when he and his mother fled Colombia after his father was gunned down by authorities in 1993.
For Argentine filmmaker Nicolas Entel's new documentary film, Marroquin puts himself in the spotlight in order to ask forgiveness for his father's transgressions. Sins of my Father follows Marroquin as he breaks his silence for the first time in 16 years to follow a path of reconciliation. "How do you write to a family that your own father hurt so much?" Marroquin asks in a letter to current Colombian Sen. Juan Manuel Galan, Bogota Councilman Carlos Fernando Galan and Sen. Rodrigo Lara, whose fathers were murdered by Escobar.
"It was a letter that really moved us," Juan Manuel Galan said. "We felt it was truly sincere, frank and transparent, and that this was a person who was honestly saying how he felt."
Rodrigo Lara Bonilla was Colombia's justice minister and one of the first politicians to pursue the narcotraffickers. He was murdered in 1984. Luis Carlos Galan was a presidential candidate who vocally opposed the cartels and was assassinated on the campaign trail in 1989.
Why did Marroquin decide to come out of the shadows and reveal his true identity? He hopes that by reconciling with the children of men his father murdered, they can be an example to a divided Colombia and show the people that the country can also find peace. "Nothing is more important than peace," Marroquin said. "I think it is worth it to really risk our lives and everything we have so that peace really happens in Colombia someday."
Here's the trailer for the documentary, Sins of my Father, which opened on Dec. 10th in Colombia, and will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the United States.