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Courageous Women of Colomia | Encuentro with the Indigenous Peoples of Colombia | Journey Home: Accompaniment in Guatemala
Courageous Women of Colombia
n this 1997 video, testimony from Colombian women shows that the war on drugs is actually a war against the poor.

      Arriving in Bogota, an international delegation meets with displaced women and women from coca-growing regions, then travels to refugee camps in Northern Colombia to investigate questions raised by Amnesty International about US involvement in human rights abuses. We hear impassioned pleas for peace from women whose husbands have "disappeared," whose sons have been drawn into the violent conflict, and whose families have experienced forced aerial fumigation of their coca farms. A rarely seen perspective on the drug war, Courageous Women of Colombia is certain to spark debate in Latin American women's studies and among community groups interested in human rights and drug war politics. Created in collaboration with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Colombia Support Network.



24-minute video

Produced and Directed by Robin Lloyd

Audience Level:

High school/adult

Festivals:
Winner Best Documentary- Providence Convergence Film and Video Festival 1998

Women in the Director's Chair Film Festival 1998

Institutions:
VHS $69.95

Individual/Low Income Groups:
VHS $29.95






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Encuentro with the Indigenous
Peoples of Colombia
his video documents the visit of a delegation from the Colombian Human Rights Network to the Cauca region, an area of remote mountains in southwestern Colombia. Indigenous activists from North and South America discuss the effects of European colonization on their cultures. The video culminates with a community gathering where the delivery of material aid is celebrated through speeches, song, and theater.



25-minute video

Produced and Directed by Robin Lloyd

Bilingual; English and Spanish subtitles

Audience Level:

Junior high/high school/adult

Institutions:
VHS $49.95

Individual/Low Income Groups:
VHS $19.95






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Journey Home:
Accompaniment in Guatemala
n the early1980's indigenous Guatemalans fled military violence in their highland villages. Before the ethnic cleansing was over 45,000 men, women, and children were exiled in refugee camps in southern Mexico. After years of negotiations, they finally reached an agreement with the Guatemalan government to return to their homeland.

      Filmed in January 1993, Journey Home explores their remarkable 'retorno' and examines the role of international solidarity organizations in assisting people to demand their human rights.

      As 34 buses cross the Mexico-Guatemala border on their way to the capital, they are greeted by thousands of elated villagers and by Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu. Members of the North American organization Witness for Peace discuss their personal and political motives for accompanying the refugees, and what this breakthrough represents for the rights of the other "returnees." Journey Home is a moving testament to a people's deep connection to the land, the power of international solidarity, and the potential for nonviolent conflict resolution.

"A touching and inspirantional vidio... shows what North Americans can do to help support the rights of Indigenous peoples." Lynn Sweezy, American friends Service Committee

"For teachers of Central American History and politics, public libraries with strong patron interest in the affairs of Latin America, and any other organization seeking to demonstrate the need for, and effectiveness of , social activism, Journey Home will prove a powerful resource." Barb White, librarian, Akron-Summit County Public Library



30-minute video

Produced and Directed by Robin Lloyd, script by Greg Guma

Audience Level:

High school/adult

Institutions:
DVD $24.95

Individual/Low Income Groups:
DVD $19.95





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