Bojayá: Caught in the Crossfire


Bojayá: Caught in the Crossfire - Film Screening and Discussion

When the Colombia peace agreement was passed in 2016, it was met with widespread relief and hailed as a major step towards stable and lasting peace in the country. However, there was also considerable concern about its viability. Built into the peace agreement were a number of transitional justice mechanisms which aimed to seek justice yet still enable as many combatants as possible to reintegrate into society. Although peace was a priority, many felt that this arrangement was too lenient and lacked accountability for crimes committed during the conflict, and transitional justice has become a clear dividing line in the country.

Please join us for a special screening of the 2019 Hot Docs Festival documentary “Bojayá: Caught in the Crossfire”, about the efforts of Leyner Palacios Asprilla, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and 2017 Global Pluralism Award winner, as he works to ensure key elements of the peace agreement are implemented for the safety of his community.

Following the film will be a discussion between Mr. Palacios and Ms. Colleen Duggan, the head of the Governance and Justice program at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Mr. Palacios and Ms. Duggan will explore how transitional justice can combat exclusion and create inclusive institutions and environments as a necessary requirement for sustaining peace.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
Auditorium Room, Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington St., Ottawa

5:30 -7:30PM

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The film is mostly in Spanish with English subtitles. For the discussion following the film screening, simultaneous translation from Spanish into English will be available.

This film was produced and made available to GCP by Fine Point Films.

Leyner Palacios Asprilla

Leyner Palacios Asprilla founded the “Committee for the Rights of Victims of Bojayá”, which united 34 semi-autonomous Emberá Amerindian communities and 18 Afro-Colombian communities, and gave a voice to over 11,000 victims of the Colombian conflict. Palacios Asprilla’s role with the Committee allowed him to represent Bojayá’s massacre victims during the peace negotiations between the FARC and the Colombian government. He was recently named as the Secretary General for the Interethic Truth Commission of the Pacific.

Colleen Duggan

Colleen Duggan is the head of the Governance and Justice program at the International Development Research Centre. Before joining IDRC, Colleen worked for more than a decade with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN Development Program in Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, and New York, where she was involved in security sector reform, transitional justice, human rights, and peacebuilding. She has published works on early warning and conflict prevention, gender and transitional justice, and the evaluation of peacebuilding initiatives.