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After 52 years of civil war, 10,000 FARC guerrillas prepare to reintegrate into society — but will Colombia accept them?

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MEET THE TEAM

Noah DeBonis

Director-Producer

Colleen O'Brien

Producer

 Jonathan Franklin

Cinematographer

Jorge Fernandez

Sound Designer

Laura Ángel

Co Producer

2nd Camera

Elvira Restrepo

Associate Producer

Advising Scholar

Margaret Cardillo

Associate Producer

Rocio Labrador

Translator

Laurie Kuntz

Researcher

Giulio Rocca

Communications and Research

THE FILM

Colombia seems on the brink of ending the bloody 50-year long war between the government and the jungle-based FARC guerrillas.  As talks between the two sides continue, 10,000 FARC fighters, many who know little but a life of jungle warfare, wonder if Colombia can forgive the carnage and allow them to reenter civilian life.

 

Diana, an ex-FARC combatant, is trying to reintegrate into Colombian society after 8 years of fighting with the FARC.  A piece of Diana’s past still lies in the FARC controlled jungle -- her sister, who continues to fight with the FARC guerrilla forces. She hopes to locate and bring her sibling back to begin a new life, but can they assimilate into a war-weary Colombia that is reluctant to forgive and accept them?  This is the story of one family torn apart by violence, two sisters separated by war, 10,000 guerrilla soldiers awaiting their future, and a country of millions coming to terms with its past -- all strangers to peace.

 

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We start by tracking the story, finding the characters, planning the shoot, and connecting with local organizations. This stage also involves shooting a teaser for the film to share both with potential sponsors and the general public.

 

We film the documentary and track the main characters. Most  of the footage will be captured during this stage, hundreds of hours worth!

 

Next we compile hundreds of hours of raw footage into a succinct hour-and-a-half film. This is no easy feat! Making it look and sound professional is even harder. The documentary is polished through sound design, composing the score, sweetening the color, and searching for historic footage — all integral to finishing the film.

 

Even after the documentary has been completed the project isn't over. We need to share it with the world. This stage involves finding distribution for a wide release by applying to film festivals, traveling to exhibit the film, and partnering with organizations whose mission connects with our story.

HISTORY

Colombia. 1964. At the height of the Cold War, a group of dissidents band to form the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the military wing of the Colombian Communist Party. Their ranks swell with farmers, laborers, and even children wielding AK-47s protesting inequality and the urban elites. Even children join, eventually making up a quarter of their recruits. From bases in Colombia’s impenetrable jungle, the FARC ambush military patrols, police stations, and bomb public infrastructure like oil pipelines. Sometimes, they kill civilians. In the 1970s, the FARC starts kidnapping and trafficking cocaine in what becomes a $3 billion business. By 1982, a war-weary government opens peace talks — a process extended but never completed by future administrations.

 

But the FARC’s rise isn't unstoppable. Partly due to American counterinsurgency support, its numbers start shrinking, falling to 10,000 today. On June 23, 2016, the FARC’s leader, Timochenko, signs an ambitious peace settlement with Colombia’s President, Juan Manuel Santos, which is put to a referendum on October 2, 2016. It fails to pass, with 50.2% voting against it. But all is not lost as the peace deal is revived and voted into law by parliament — skipping a second referendum — on November 30th, amid controversy. Now the healing process must begin in earnest for the Western hemisphere’s bloodiest conflict that has claimed 220,000 lives and displaced millions.

 

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We are excited to have partnered with these organizations to support the film’s development, screen the finished product, and host community outreach events to foster conversations about memory, peace, and reconciliation.

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This film is only made possible by the generosity of donors like yourself. Our team needs to return to Colombia by February 2017 to follow the reintegration stories of several ex FARC combatants who are currently demobilizing; however, we can only do so if we reach our funding goals. All funds go toward the production of the film and working with our community outreach partners in Colombia to help foster peace and reconciliation.

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