Cinema Politica Concordia, a local documentary screening series, will be hosting Quebec premieres of They're Killing Us and Frontera Invisible followed by a discussion with land & human rights defenders Héctor Marino Carabalí and Senator Feliciano Valencia Medina, and filmmakers Emily Wright, Tom Laffay, and Daniel Bustos. The two urgent films follow Indigenous, campesino and Afro-descendent struggles in Colombia to protect their lands and rights.
The event take place Monday March 18 at 7 pm.
They're Killing Us
“Nos están matando” – “They’re killing us” – has become the cry of social movements across Colombia. As the world focuses on the demobilization of the FARC rebel group, another war is being waged on the country's social leaders and human rights defenders – the very people key to building peace and shaping the new Colombia.
The former head of Colombia’s victims’ unit, Alan Jara, describes what is happening as a ‘massacre in slow motion’ — referring to the 200 plus community leaders murdered since peace was signed in 2016. Activists are being targeted with impunity in the interests of territorial control, illegal mining and illicit crop cultivation.
They're Killing Us takes us to the department of Cauca, which bears a disproportionate share of that violence. From the inside of bulletproof SUVs, on territory raids and marches with indigenous groups and joining funeral processions high in the mountains of Cauca, the film takes viewers into the real and deadly side of Colombia’s peace process.
Frontera Invisible is the true story of communities trapped in the middle of the world’s longest war, in which big landowners’ rush for palm oil to produce ‘green’ fuel has displaced peasant farmers and Indigenous people. It has destroyed natural habitats and concentrated land in the hands of the rich.
Cinema Politica is a network of university and community locals screening independent and political film and video from Canadian and international artists. The Concordia University local gathers 300 to 600 audience members at its screenings. Each semester, programming is focused around themes touching on social justice, environmental and cultural identity issues.
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