The fraught past of Colombia’s indigenous people will be demonstrated during a festival dedicated to film and video beginning at the end of September.
The eleventh International Festival of Film and Video for Indigenous People in Colombia is designed to highlight the importance of the 102 indigenous groups in the country and their struggle against a strategy of terror imposed by the capital through the arms of guerrillas, paramilitaries, drug traffickers and government forces, said the festival’s website.
Various films and videos will be shown showcasing the indigenous heritage throughout the country. Organizers hope the festival will be a forum of reflection and reporting, a show of support which will further make visible the human rights of these communities.
“Some indigenous villages of Colombia are in danger of being exterminated — culturally or physically — by the internal armed conflict, and have been victims of grave violations of their fundamental individual and collective rights and of their International Human Rights,” said the Constitutional Court.
The International Festival of Film and Video for Indigenous People in Colombia will take place in the capital Bogota from September 23 to 30, before it moves to Colombia’s second biggest city Medellin from October 3 to 6.
See the full program here.