The Robert Spiers Benjamin Award 2011

This documentary, one part of a five-part series, offers a fascinating first-hand look into the resurgence of violence in rural Colombia, and the ways in which two charismatic Afro-Colombian female leaders are heading up efforts to maintain control of the land and the communities’ destiny. The film’s beautiful and timely depictions of these leaders, and their struggles in the resource-rich southeastern mountains, show us how the origins of the country’s nearly 50-year old civil war remain firmly a part of its landscape. With grace and subtlety, the filmmakers also illustrate the important role of women in times of conflict.