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They killed a man by Joxe, Nicolas & Junqua, Yves

Story
The goal of the documentary film 'They killed a man' is to lift the veil on the barbaric acts of the paramilitaries in Columbia by revealing the state complicities from which they benefit, and by establishing a clear chain of command. The film unmasks the mechanism which allows these crimes to happen, a mechanism which includes certain sectors of the society which arm and finance the death squads, and others which legitimize or tolerate their actions. We will expose the known interest groups who support these deadly acts, and others who continue to deny any involvement.

Current conflict status

  • Conflict summary
  • Negotiations
  • Third Party involvement
  • Conflict activity

    Social Interest
    Colombia has been ravaged by decades of civil war and has become synonymous with drug-trafficking. Since coming to power in 2002, President Alvaro Uribe has stepped up the war on left-wing rebels. Right-wing paramilitaries are engaged in a peace process. But Colombia remains mired in violence, beset by poverty and at the centre of the world cocaine trade. After watching 'They killed a man', Please read BBC's Q&A on Columbia's civil conflict which examines the background and considers its future course.

    Political Interest
    Colombia, in common with many Latin American nations, evolved as a highly segregated society, split between the traditionally rich families of Spanish descent and the vast majority of poor Colombians, many of whom are of mixed race. This latter group provided a natural constituency for left-wing insurgents - who nowadays fall into two groups, the bigger FARC, and the ELN. At the other end of the political spectrum are right-wing paramilitaries, with roots in vigilante groups set up decades ago by landowners for protection against rebels - the main group is the AUC.

    Historic Interest
    Colombia's civil conflict spans more than four decades and has drawn in left-wing rebels and right-wing paramilitaries. Please read BBC's profiles of the three main armed groups. It began in 1965 as a backlash produced by a previous conflict known as La violencia, which had been triggered by the assassination of populist political leader Jorge Eli?cer Gait?n. The subsequent targeting of civilians and public infrastructure by the different armed factions contributed both to the creation of the guerrillas and that of paramilitary groups organized to fight against them. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the spread of both the illegal drug trade, the drug cartels and the U.S.-backed War on Drugs increased the intensity of the conflict and involved all of its participants.

    Wikipedia about Columbian conflict

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  • Paramilitarism in columbia

    Awards
    'They killed a man' has been shown in theaters throughout France, Spain and South America, yet not in Columbia.

  • Director
    Joxe, Nicolas & Junqua, Yves
    Producer
    Matthieu Laborde (ISKRA)
    Duration
    52 min.
    Year of release
    2004
    Language
    English

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