Onverharde weg naar Vrede: Q&A with activist Farid Julicué and director Jaap van ‘t Kruis

Onverharde weg naar vrede

Language: Engels

Journalist Alwin Helmink (Spijkers met Koppen) talks with activist Farid Julicué and director Jaap van ’t Kruis about the recent peace agreement in Colombia and why reconciliation between former FARC combatants and villagers is so difficult but important. What can the film contribute?

The Colombian village Caldono was in the forefront of the country’s decade-long armed conflict. When the government and guerrilla movement FARC signed a peace agreement in 2016, Farid Julicué was hopeful. ‘Peace is like a butterfly with beautiful colours,’ he says. ‘But it’s so fragile.’ Julicué made it his mission to ensure a peaceful homecoming of former FARC combatants. But after years of violence the pain is still too deep for many villagers. Still, he doesn’t give up. ‘I think of my children and grandchildren,’ he says. ‘I want them to live in a laboratory of peace in Caldono one day.’ Read more about Farid Julicué  and watch a short clip.