Onverharde weg naar Vrede: Q&A with activist Farid Julicué and director Jaap van ’t Kruis

Onverharde weg naar vrede

Language: Engels

After the screening journalist Harm Ede Botje (Vrij Nederland) speaks with activist Farid Julicué and director Jaap van ’t Kruis about the current situation in Colombia and how to put a peace agreement into practice. What is Farid Julicué’s motivation to strive for reconciliation and what was it like for director Jaap van ‘t Kruis to make this film in Colombia?

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.