US Digital Festival Premiere
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In November 2016, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the office of President Juan Manuel Santos signed the Colombian peace deal. Many hoped this would mark an end to 52 years of armed conflict. For farmers in the coca-growing region of Cauca however, this “peace” has proven to be short-lived. Bajo Fuego follows “cocaleros” as they mobilize to protect their livelihoods after the government instructs them to destroy their crops as part of the “war on drugs.” As new armed groups arise, the promised peace turns out to be an illusion for these farmers whose lives are threatened and who are displaced from their homes. Bajo Fuego exposes the lived reality behind the politics that has left many Colombians in a continued state of war.
“What was signed were just agreements, they did not sign peace. We still have to build peace.” - Farmer, film participant, Bajo Fuego
Watch at your own pace anytime between May 19 - 27, or join us and watch-along before the live Q&A
Saturday, May 22
7:00 PM EDT / 4 :00 PM PDT – Start film
8:30 PM EDT / 5:30 PM PDT – Join us for a live Q&A with filmmakers Sjoerd van Grootheest and Irene Vélez-Torres Kassandra Frederique, Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance, moderated by Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, Senior Legal Advisor, HRW. Register here!
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