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Human Rights Watch Film Festival: Bajo Fuego (Under Siege) (15*)

Cinema On Demand

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In November 2016, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the office of President Juan Manuel Santos signed the Colombian peace deal.

Many hoped this would mark an end to 52 years of armed conflict. For farmers in the coca-growing region of Cauca however, this “peace” has proven to be short-lived. Bajo Fuego follows “cocaleros” as they mobilize to protect their livelihoods after the government instructs them to destroy their crops as part of the “war on drugs.”

As new armed groups arise, the promised peace turns out to be an illusion for these farmers whose lives are threatened and who are displaced from their homes. Bajo Fuego exposes the lived reality behind the politics, that has left many Colombians in a continued state of war.

Register for free and join us for a live ScreenTalk via zoom at 8.30pm on Sun 21 Mar with filmmakers Sjoerd van Grootheest and Irene Velez Torres, and Juan Pappier, Senior Researcher, Americas, Human Rights Watch.       

Colombia 2020 Dir Sjoerd Van Grootheest, Co-Dir Irene Vélez-Torres 85min


This film is fully captioned in English for audiences who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

This film contains scenes of threat and violence that viewers may find disturbing.

UK Digital Premiere

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‘What was signed were just agreements, they did not sign peace. We still have to build peace‘
Farmer, Bajo Fuego

Filmmaker Introduction

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Filmmaker Introduction: Bajo Fuego (Under Siege)

Co-Director Irene Vélez-Torres introduces her film, Bajo Fuego (Under Siege), for Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2021.

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