Colombia becomes the center of attention as the documentary “La Paz Posible” (The possible Peace) made its debut Tuesday in Bogota via the National University Channel ZOOM.
The documentary takes an in depth look at the search for peace and reconciliation amidst the plague of violence in the country’s history through the eyes of a number of Colombia’s political experts and human rights activists.
“Colombia, a viable country of peace possible, thus, begins the dream of a country that leaves violence behind,” a statement from ZOOM said.
Among those featured in the film are High Councilor for Peace, Rafael Pardo’ 2003 National Peace Prize winner, Soraya Bayuelo; former M-19 member Carlos Duplat, ‘El Espectador’s’ production head Fidel Cano, Pedro Valenzuela, a political scientist of Pontificia University Javeriana among a host of others.
Through footage from that era, ‘La Paz Posible’ shows the reality that many faced during a time of conflict, marking the milestones crossed from one generation to the next in its tireless pursuit for peace.
“We know how we survived 25, 30, 52 years of armed confrontation, and never gave into the temptation of violence,” the directors state, adding that Colombia is familiar with the cruelty of war and that decades of violence were never easy.
Over a year has passed since the FARC, Colombia's largest guerrilla group ended more than half a century of armed struggle with the signing of a peace agreement in Sept. 2016.
FARC members are presently transitioning back into society and have created a political party, maintaining the same initials from their prior name. A few months ago, its rival and the nation's second largest guerrilla group, ELN, joined the movement for peace.
The film was made possible by the support and production expertise of the Fundacion Patrimonio Filmico Colombiano, the University of Augustinian and the Ministry of Culture.
According to ZOOM, the documentary will be transmitted simultaneously on Friday by public television stations in Costa Rica, Mexico, Chile, and the various countries in the Caribbean.