Colombia produces 600 tons of cocaine anually, which is what has funded the FARC’s terrorist war against the country.
A powerful new documentary has revealed the violent face of Columbia’s outlawed armed group FARC. Peruvian woman director Judith Velez’s 64-minute film, called ‘Liberenlos ya!’ charts FARC’s evolution from its creation in the 1960s as a Marxist guerrilla group through to its involvement in drug trafficking and kidnappings.
The documentary on the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia was made together with Peruvian journalist Pablo O’Brien does not have a narrator and consist of a series of interviews with witnesses and experts.
“I wanted to achieve maxiumum objectivity, without interjections and commentaries from outsiders,” Velez told Adnkronos International (AKI).
The film has a didactic approach and pays “great attention to the topic of human rights” in delivering a two-fold message, Velez said.
“First, revolutionary armed struggle, despite its seductive appeal, especially to the desperately poor, cannot provide a solution to Latin America’s problems.”
“Second, in Europe, there’s too much romanticism surrounding revolutionary groups like the FARC, which has found support in Europe simply owing to a lack of information about the group.”
The film draws on previously unpublished documents and images, such as that of the very youthful Pedro Antonio Marin, FARC’s historic leader later known by his battle names of Manuel Marulanda or Tirofijo (sureshot) who died in 2008.
Here’s some footage (in Spanish) of the documentary:
Anyone with information on how to get/whether this has been translated into English?
h/t the Baron