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STOLEN LAND (Colombia, 2008, 73 min.)
In a land where many have known nothing but war, a tightly knit and fiercely proud people, the indigenous Nasa, are caught in the middle of a long-running civil war in Colombia between the government, Marxist guerrillas and cocaine traffickers. Though pacifists by nature, they are not opposed to all conflict and are willing to defend the land they feel has been stolen from their ancestors, while at the same time fending off the violence encroaching on their nation. Lucho Acosta, their charismatic leader, descended from Indian warriors, knows that violence only breeds more violence. But facing nearly insurmountable odds, his beliefs are tested to their very core and the future of the Nasa hangs in the balance. Directed and produced by Miguel Salazar and Margarita Martinez. Best Documentary from the South, 2011 Havana Film Festival.
Introduced by Tolessa Deksissa, Director, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Science, University System of the District of Columbia.
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