When the Guns Go Silent provides a good account of the Colombian peace process, but some questions remain unanswered.

Natalia Orozco has given us a valuable documentary about the process of negotiations that led to Colombia’s peace agreement. The Nobel prize-winning president Juan Manuel Santos is the story’s main protagonist, while his FARC counterparts are also allowed plenty of screen time. The film provides a unique insight into the dynamics of the peace talks, and serves as a good introduction to the battle lines of the civil war. The war’s violence and suffering constitute a recurring theme in the story. What the film fails to explain, however, is the popular opposition to the deal that was negotiated.

A Unique Insight

When the Guns Go Silent introduces its audience to the Santos government’s main negotiators and their counterparts in FARC’s leadership in the years 2010-2016. Through four of the five years the talks went on, Orozco recorded the . . .

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