Impunity

Juan José Lozano

Camera Justitia

Paramilitary groups in Colombia have spread death and destruction for years. In 2005, a specially established Commission for Peace and Justice started gathering evidence about the horrific violence. During emotional hearings, their gruesome acts are exposed in detail. The odds of them being sentenced are against, however, since many leading figures come away unscathed.

Since the 1960s, a desperate civil war has been raging in Colombia between state forces and FARC paramilitary guerilla units. Particularly para-militias such as the AUC have inflicted a huge amount of violence on the civilian population. The Commission for Peace and Justice called upon the militias to hand in their weapons and give themselves up voluntarily in exchange for reduced sentences. Political scientists analyze the AUC's double agenda: the main objective was to combat the gorillas, but at the same time they dispossessed small farmers on the orders of big business. It turns out that the government also acted questionably. 
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Subtitles
EN
Director
Juan José Lozano
Country
Colombia, France, Switzerland
Type
Documentary
Duration
85 minutes
Themes
courts & tribunals, transitional justice, forensics (i.e. excavations, DNA investigation etc. for judicial purposes), military, armies, political killings & disappearances, politics & democracy, truth commissions & historical investigation, war & armed conflict
Year
2010