Fears Swept Away by the Wind: Film Launch

Date and time: 
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 20:00
ICTJ Facebook Page
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Magdalena Calle is a social leader from Yarumal. Her husband was forcibly disappeared by the United Self-Defenders of Colombia (AUC). Rodrigo Pérez Alzate, aka Julián Bolívar, was the commander of Bloque Central Bolívar of the AUC. He has admitted responsibility to the disappearance of Magdalena's husband.

After 50 years of violence and more than 220,000 deaths, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia–People's Army (FARC-EP) guerrillas in 2016 signed a peace agreement to end the western hemisphere’s longest-running conflict. The implementation of the agreement is ongoing, and peace and reconciliation efforts are underway.

How does a country confront such violence? How do former combatants regain their humanity and live alongside others? Can they be forgiven?

Fears Swept Away by the Wind brings together ex-combatants and those most affected by the violence they inflicted to explore these questions. Yolanda Perea, a FARC victim, confronts former FARC commander Pablo Atrato, and Sylvia Berrocal, a victim and social leader, comes face to face with former rebel leader Pastor Alape. The lessons that these Colombians and others like them learn from one other about their own humanity, compassion, and their capacity for forgiveness represent a major step forward in building a country at peace. 

On Thursday, October 31, the film will premiere live on Facebook in both Spanish and English, at 7pm Bogotá time (8pm ET). 

Bookmark the links below and join in:

Spanish Facebook.com/elictj/

Spanish with English subtitles Facebook.com/theICTJ/