Under Siege depicts the unraveling of peace for a group of coca growing peasants in the southwest of Colombia. The film takes the perspective of the ‘cocaleros’ and over a period of 3 years shows how they survive in the midst of the most difficult of circumstances; the government delays in fulfilling what it promised in the agreement, economic difficulties arise for families that substituted their coca trees, and armed groups take control over the region.
The promised peace in Colombia turns out to be an illusion when armed groups terrorize the region, assassinations occur, and the films’ main protagonists are being threatened with their lives and displaced from their homes. Even though a peace agreement was signed in Colombia, Bajo Fuego shows that for many in the southwest of Colombia the war continues.
Sjoerd van Grootheest
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Festivals and Awards:
- Festival Internacional de Cine por los Derechos Humanos
- Madrid Film and Human Rights Festival
- Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival 2021