Bojayá: Caught in the Crossfire


Isabel Bader Theatre Sun, Apr 28, 2019 3:45 PM
Hart House Theatre Tue, Apr 30, 2019 9:15 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Thu, May 2, 2019 8:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:UK
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Survivor Stories
War, Conflict & the Military
Latin America
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Oisín Kearney
Producer(s):Trevor Birney
Editor(s):Juangus Dinsmore
Cinematography:Oisín Kearney
Composer:Rod Morris


On May 2, 2002, government-sponsored paramilitaries entered the region of Bojayá, Colombia, setting off a conflict with FARC guerrillas in the area. The paramilitaries used the community as human shields. Those caught in the crossfire sought shelter in a local church, which FARC then bombed. More than 79 innocent civilians, mostly women and children, were killed, making it the worst massacre in Colombia's 50-year conflict. In this explosive documentary, we follow one of the survivors, Chocó community leader Leyner Palacios Asprilla, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee who lost 32 relatives in the massacre. As the FARC now demobilize in the region, they open the door for other armed groups to rise and clear a path for the exploitation of resources and illegal drug trafficking. We follow Palacios as he reconstructs the past and moves forward in his dangerous mission to ensure key elements of the peace deal are implemented for the safety of his people. Heather Haynes

World Showcase program sponsored by Delta Air Lines.