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/ FUNDACION CHASQUIS & CONNACT, COLOMBIA

Fundación Chasquis and Connact

Artraker, 2014

CONFLICT AREA / COUNTRY OF REFERENCE: COLOMBIA

Fundación Chasquis and Connact

Les Voy a Contar la Historia

2014

 

Video, photo and audio

 

 

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“Les Voy a Contar la Historia” is a sonorous and audiovisual compilation of the historical memory of the farmer community of Las Pavas, Colombia – sung and told by its main characters.

 

«Un campesino sin tierra es como un pez sin agua»: A farmer without land is like a fish without water.  

 

Displacement and dispossession have not only violated the right to life of thousands of people in Colombia, but also other fundamental rights such as the right to nutrition, work, cultural expression, freedom of movement, health and education.

 

The farmer families of Las Pavas, a community in the Bolivar Department, have been displaced three times during the past decade. On the land they used to cultivate, a huge palm oil agro-industrial project is being developed. In April 2011, the families returned for the third time to Las Pavas. Since then, under constant pressure and threats, they have been planting their food crops again. Standing peacefully for their rights, they wait for the government to return their land titles, expropriating them from the company holding them today.

 

In their struggle for their land, men and women from Las Pavas use music as a peaceful means of resistance. Thus they keep their cultural tradition alive and immortalise their stories.

 

We pay homage to them.

 

 

 

 

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