Bajo Fuego (Under Siege)

Includes Q&A


Streaming on Hot Docs at Home Thu, Apr 29, 2021 10:00 AM
Streaming on Hot Docs at Home Mon, Sep 6, 2021 10:00 AM
Film Info
Country Listing:Colombia
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Closed Captions
Program Category:Systems Down
By Program - Sort:Systems Down
Film Subjects:Latin America
Rural Life
War & Conflict
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Sjoerd van Grootheest
Irene Vélez-Torres
Producer(s):Sjoerd van Grootheest
Executive Producer(s):Irene Vélez-Torres
Archive Producer(s):David Escobar
Writer(s):Sjoerd van Grootheest
Irene Vélez-Torres
Editor(s):Sjoerd van Grootheest
Cinematography:Sjoerd van Grootheest
Art Director(s):Diana Corredor


Systems Down: Challenging the status quo

In 2016, the FARC-EP guerillas and the Colombian government signed what was believed to be a revolutionary peace agreement. Built into the negotiations were guarantees to provide land to the poorest farmers, as well as financial and technical support to transition cocaine and marijuana crops to alternative sustainable production. But in the North of Cauca, farmers who are dependent on the illicit crops have seen only broken government promises as they struggle to survive. The directors give a powerful voice to the farmers in this rare glimpse into illusions of peace as they reveal that with the disarmament of FARC-EP, they have been left unprotected, leaving their land ripe for the picking from multi-nationals and vulnerable to armed groups both rogue and paramilitary. As their community leaders are threatened and killed and body counts rise, they fear that the region is heading back into conflict. Heather Haynes

This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

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