Colombia in My Arms

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    Colombia in My Arms

    Directed by

    • Jenni Kivistö, Jussi Rastas

    Finland, France, Denmark, Norway

    2019

    91 min

    • Spanish

    Documentary

    Colombia’s future is at stake. After 53 years of armed conflict, the FARC guerrillas are about to hand over their arms in exchange for the social inclusion of the poor. While FARC guerrilla Ernesto thrives for a change, opposing forces arise: A furious right-wing politician and a descendant of Spanish conquistadors want to reclaim the country. The peace runs the country in a chaos in which everyone wants to guarantee either their privileges or just the basic needs.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Jenni Kivistö
    Jussi Rastas
    Cinematography
    Jussi Rastas
    Editing
    Jenni Kivistö
    Jussi Rastas
    Sully Reed
    Antti Jääskeläinen
    Music
    Povl Kristian

    Director's Statement

    In our film, we examine if a nation can stop the cycle of violence that has lasted for decades, even centuries. We have wanted to approach the opposing forces from different social layers from a humane perspective trying to understand the reasons that keep the cycle repeating itself. When things get as complex as in Colombia, nothing seems to be black and white.

    Production
    FILMIMAA LTD
    Jenni Kivistö

    Jenni Kivistö

    Finland

    Jenni Kivistö is completing her documentary MA in Aalto University. COLOMBIA IN MY ARMS (2019), co-directed with Jussi Rastas, was selected at Helsinki IFF. Her previous works include a feature documentary LAND WITHIN (DOK Leipzig) and a short film ÄITI (Silver Mikeldi ZINEBI, Clermont-Ferrand).

    Jussi Rastas

    Jussi Rastas

    Finland

    Jussi Rastas is a self-educated documentary film director and cinematographer. Most of his works deal with social issues and in recent years he has been filming in conflict areas (Syria, Ukraine, Colombia). COLOMBIA IN MY ARMS (2019) is his debut feature film, co-directed with Jenni Kivistö.