Colombia in Context

La Guerra (1973)
Fernando Botero
Courtesy, Marlborough Gallery, New York

Spring 2004 Events

The purpose of the Colombia in Context series is to discuss a wide variety of issues including the history of the guerrilla movement, the drug trade, the economy, the peace process, Plan Colombia, labor movements and human rights issues. Series events range from lectures and classes given by Latin American scholars to films and art exhibitions.
Floro Tunubalá
Floro Tunubalá
"Peace and Prosperity in Colombia? Indigenous and Grassroots Communities’ Response to Drugs and Warfare"

After more than forty years of armed conflict, and with increasing U.S. involvement in the war, Colombia is not often associated with peace. Yet grassroots campesino and indigenous communities in Colombia have been successfully resisting violence and sowing the seeds of alternative economic development. Floro Tunubalá will share stories from the front lines of this struggle for peace and prosperity in Colombia.

Floro Tunubalá served as Governor of Cauca in southwestern Colombia from 2001-03. The first indigenous leader ever to be elected governor in Colombia, Floro is a member of the Guambiano nation and a representative of one of the strongest social movements in Colombia, the indigenous and campesino movement of Cauca.

Co-sponsored with the Institute for International Studies, Students Organizing for Justice in the Americas, the Chibcha-Colombia Human Rights Information Committee, the Colombia Human Rights Network and Coordinación Colombia–Europa–EEUU.

Monday, April 12, 4:00 pm
Room 223, Moses Hall

Photo of the event


Never Again
Directed by Marta Rodríguez and Fernando Restrepo

In the violent and complex conflict that has racked Colombia, it is always the most vulnerable who are the most affected. Nunca Mas presents the stories of Afro-Colombian peasants displaced from their land in the armed conflict between the Colombian army, Marxist guerillas and the right-wing paramilitary in the isolated province of the Chocó. 56 minutes.
Spanish with English subtitles.

Poppy: The Damned Flower
Directed by Marta Rodríguez

This documentary illustrates the stark choice confronted by many rural Colombian communities: either grow opium poppies or face starvation. Indigenous farmers interviewed in the film characterize the cultivation of illegal crops as a social problem, calling for land reform, access to education and general alleviation of poverty. Yet the Colombian government’s response to the problem has been to use toxic herbicides that not only destroy opium fields, but also ruin subsistence crops and affect the rural population’s health. 30 minutes.
Spanish with English subtitles.

Marta Rodriguez has devoted her career to exposing human rights violations in her native Colombia, from her early, ground-breaking documentary on the families of brickmakers to her recent documentary on Colombia’s displaced. She will present at the screenings and hold a brief question and answer session after each of the films.

Wednesday, May 5, 7:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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