Join Filmmakers & Colombian Social Leaders
Friday, September 28, 2018
2103 Rayburn HOB
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Please join me on Friday, September 28 at 12:30 PM in 2103 RHOB to view a professional and moving documentary on navigating the deadly, less spoken about side of Colombia’s peace process, “They’re Killing Us.” Following the presentation there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and one of the Colombian social leaders featured in the film.
“They’re Killing Us” is a 20-minute documentary by filmmakers Tom Laffay, Emily Wright and Daniel Bustos. Filmed in Colombia’s Cauca department, this documentary follows two social leaders fighting for their communities’ rights. This film sheds
light on the war being waged on the social leaders and human rights defenders, especially in Colombia’s ethnic communities. The department of Cauca has the second highest number of murdered social leaders and human rights defenders of any department in Colombia.
At the end of May, over 70 Members of Congress sent a letter to the State Department expressing urgent concern about the escalating rate of murders of Colombian social leaders and human rights defenders. They urged the State Department to take extra measures to help the Colombian government provide protection and identify and arrest the perpetrators of these assassinations. While Colombia has taken some measures to provide protection, they clearly have not been adequate as these murders continue at an alarming rate. The U.S. and Colombian governments must back-up their rhetoric with concrete measures and ensure that these leaders receive the protection they require.
I hope you can join us and hear about this critical concern for the future of peace, reconciliation and development in Colombia. The panelists are:
Tom Laffay, filmmaker
Emily Wright, filmmaker
Daniel Bustos, filmmaker
Héctor Marino, social leader featured in “They’re Killing Us”
James P. McGovern
Member of Congress