Latinos in London ltd will be part this season of the 15th. Human Rights Watch International Film Festival : 23 March to 1 April / 2011 covering the controversial film “Impunity” that will be screening on 29th & 31 st March in London, also being part of the Q & A with the directors. You can now book online this and other films in the website of the festival http://www.hrw.org/en/iff/london
What is the cost of truth for families immobilised by Colombia’s violent past? In 2005, Colombia started gathering evidence about the horrific violence being carried out by illegal paramilitias. A highly controversial justice and peace process allowed paramilitary leaders to hand in their weapons and give themselves up voluntarily in exchange for reduced sentences.
Impunity documents the hearings in which paramilitaries describe atrocities they have committed in detail as the families of their victims listen and watch on projected screens. Through a series of these testimonies, footage of paramilitary crimes, and interviews with victims and experts, the brutal history of paramilitary violence comes to light. Yet due to serious irregularities in the justice and peace process, many families express their fear that they will never know the truth surrounding the deaths of their loved ones, and that the perpetrators will escape punishment.
In an era where many countries are tempted to sacrifice justice in the name of “peace”, what happens in Colombia will resonate beyond its borders.
A Q&A discussion with filmmakers Juan José Lozano and Hollman Morris will take place at both screenings.
Human Rights Watch has documented the serious flaws in the original Justice and Peace program and engaged in extensive advocacy work to strengthen investigations and ensure accountability for paramilitary abuses. Human Rights Watch’s most recent report on Colombia documented on-going and egregious abuses by armed groups made up largely of former members of the paramilitary organisations that had officially disbanded. http://www.hrw.org/americas/colombia
Director: Juan José Lozano and Hollman Morris
Year of Production: 2010
Running time: 85m
The Ritzy, Brixton Oval, London – box office 0871 704 2065
Location: ICA, The Mall, London – box office 0207 930 3647
To book online http://www.ica.org.uk/?lid=28146#booktickets
Date and time:March 31, 2011 6:30pm +00:00
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