Après les armes (en)

Après les armes



María Isabel Ospina, Iñès Compan


  • France



Script writer(s): 

María Isabel Ospina, Iñès Compan


In 1964, Colombian farmers took up arms and joined the resistance in the jungle, thus giving birth to the FARC. 50 years later, the guerillas surrendered and started a peace process in order to end a conflict that has caused 260 000 deaths and has displaced 6.9 million people.
We look at the transition from war to peace through the prism of reconstruction, based on three stories: that of former guerillas and paramilitaries who try to return to civil society; of a prosthetist who rebuilds faces that were destroyed in the war; and of displaced farmers who come back to their land, hoping to make a living out of lawful cultivation.
The film yearns for this era to be that of a new, more serene face for the country. But conservative political parties, important landowners, drug traffickers and multinational corporations are still present in the background…

Visual concept: 

From intimate to collective wounds, from the reconstruction of the physical body to that of the social body, this film will be built little by little, through pieces of stories that will echo each other. This mirror effect will act as a kaleidoscope and allow us to paint a portrait of Colombia in these post-conflict times. There are three settings: the urban jungle of Cali; the rural zone of Cauca (one of the epicenters of the armed conflict); and the prosthesist’s workshop, which will favor a symbolic and surrealist treatment. The film hinges on the present tense, following the dramaturgy of the characters’ reconstruction, and constantly looking to the future. But the past will be called in too, through people’s accounts and archives, so as to measure the extent of the reconstruction work to be done.