CONFLICT: A sensitive and balanced glimpse into the consequences of Colombia's much-heralded 2016 peace accord
Nick Holdsworth
Nick Holdsworth
Our regular critic.
Published date: January 27, 2020

When Colombia‘s president Juan Manuel Santos signed a historic peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC) in November 2016 it was heralded as an unprecedented move in the country’s long march to peace.

The deal, which ended 53 years of civil war, earned Santos a Nobel Prize and brought hope to millions of Colombians, where GDP hovers around $700 per capita annual – far behind its southern neighbour’s Brazil‘s $3,200.

But, as this eloquent and sensitive Finnish documentary shows, the peace deal did little to quell violence or inequality in the country of 48 million, where a small elite – mostly descended from Spanish settlers – controls the lion’s share of its resources.

Colombia In My Arms, a film by Jenni Kivistö, Jussi …


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