Guest Speaker: MARIO MURILLO, Chair of Film, Radio, & Television at Hofstra University
and author of "Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest and Destabilization"
Members $10 / Public $15 Includes Film, Discussion and Reception
Co-Presented by Long Island School of the Americas Watch
In 2005, Colombia's new "Commission for Peace and Justice" started gathering
evidence about the horrific violence carried out by illegal paramilitary groups. A
highly controversial justice and peace process was designed to allow paramilitary leaders to
hand in their weapons and give themselves up voluntarily in exchange for reduced sentences.
Impunity documents the hearings in which paramilitary commanders, such as "HH"
describe atrocities they have committed in detail, as the families of their victims listen and
watch on projected screens. Through a series of commission testimonies, footage
of paramilitary crimes, and interviews with victims and experts, Impunity shines a light on
the brutal history of paramilitary violence. Yet due to serious irregularities in the justice and
peace process, many families express their fear that they will never know the truth surrounding
the deaths of their loved ones, and that the perpetrators will escape punishment. In an era where many countries are tempted to
sacrifice justice in the name of "peace", what happens in Colombia will resonate beyond its borders. USA, 2011, 85 min., Digibeta
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