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Consortium Event: Chocolate of Peace – The persistence of Colombians in the search for peace
November 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
PSRP Consortium member, the Global Justice Academy, is sponsoring a film screening and conversation organised by students from the University of Edinburgh. The organisers’ invitation is as follows:
Come and join us this Monday, 14th November, to watch the documentary Chocolate of Peace, and to have a conversation with Gwen Burnyeat, producer and co-director of the documentary. Gwen is currently a Wolfson PhD Scholar in Anthropology at University College London (UCL), researching the social history of the Colombian peace process, and she has worked with the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó for five years.
After the screening, we will share a cup of Colombian chocolate, and Gwen will have a conversation with the audience about her experience producing the documentary (based on her master’s research at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia) and her insights about the peace negotiations undertaken in Colombia to put an end to one of the longest armed conflicts in the world.
Gwen was close to the process of ‘pedagogía para la paz’ (pedagogy for peace) as a member of the platform Rodeemos el Diálogo (Let’s us surround the dialogue) and was able to attend the FARC’s Tenth and last Conference, where guerrilla members gathered to discuss their expectations of the peace deal and their reintegration (her blog pieces about this experience can be read in Latin American Bureau).
Watch the trailer, here: https://vimeo.com/167415655
The event is free to attend, but registration is requested via Eventbrite.
About the Documentary
‘Chocolate of Peace’ is the work of a British-Colombian team who believe in the transformative power of stories and films. The documentary depicts the Colombian Peace Community of San José de Apartadó -an emblematic group of victims of the armed conflict-, and their experiences of resistance via a journey through their processes of organic chocolate production.
From the seed to the product, the cacao is the narrative thread that takes us through the Community’s stories of violence and resilience, their fight to remain neutral in the face of the Colombian armed conflict, and how they have been building peace from the grassroots for twenty years. This film invites us to rethink our relationship with food, to value the efforts of those who produce it, offering a panorama of hope, proving that despite difficulties it is possible to sow peace through human and economic relationships. Also, this documentary provides an account of the community work as a new way for Colombian society to think about its search for a fairer country in two ways:
Firstly, only empathising with individual stories and the context of the Colombian conflict, Colombians can understand the truly meaning and consequence as a society of having over 8 million victims, many of them in rural areas, and the need to recognise how urgent is to end the armed confrontation to create an inclusive nation.
Secondly, although the signing of the final agreement between the government and FARC is vital, building peace in Colombia will require effort from all sectors of society over generations. Most Colombians are reflecting today on the meaning of this greatly-desired word, peace. The Peace Community has 20 years of experience of grassroots peace-building, with a profoundly political and human philosophy about what it means to live in peace and live in community. We believe that sharing their experience and their work could be useful for all Colombians, and also for global society in an epoch of instability and anxiety across the world. Moreover, as Jesus Emilio says in the documentary, “Peace begins from food”.
Source: UoE Colombian Students
Photo: Chocolate of Peace