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After the Crossfire: Memories of Violence and Displacement| 21mins
Director: Ricardo Velasco | Producer:
Focus Years: | Country: United States
Subject Tags: americas, colombia, conflict, crime, human rights, united states, violence, war
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
After the Crossfire documents the emergence and escalation of the armed conflict in Colombia’s northern pacific coast during the decade of 1990, giving voice to victims who bear witness to the effects of war on the civilian population of the region. Through their own memories and experiences, their testimonies open fundamental questions about trauma and its traces, the silence and invisibility in which displaced populations live, and the complex ethical and moral demands the victims face when impunity and oblivion prevail over justice and truth. Juxtaposing first-person narrative, archival audiovisual footage of television news and testimonies of witnesses, After the Crossfire analyzes the processes which have contributed to the dissemination of indiscriminate violence against the civilian population of the region. The escalation of violence had reached its climax on the night of December 12th, 1999, when the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) attack the town of Juradó as a strategy to get control over what constitutes a key territory in the arms and drugs trade in an isolated jungle area where the presence of the state and the rule of law is weak. As a result of the increasing conflict, the communities of the region were forced into displacement. The majority settled in Bahía Solano, which at the time was under paramilitary control with the complicity of the armed forces of the state. They were caught in the crossfire between left and right wing armed groups and the Colombian army. The complex links between these events and their catastrophic effects on the lives of innocent civilians constitute the main concern of the documentary. By contrasting testimonial narratives with archival footage of war events as shown through national TV networks, the documentary puts forward a critical historical perspective that will contribute towards a different reading of the traumatic historic events of the armed conflict in this remote and marginalized region.

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