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War Takes
Columbia/UK, 2002, 78 minutes, Color, DVD, Spanish/English, Subtitled
Order No. W04826
With conflicts raging on nearly every continent, war now regularly transcends the battlefield into everyday life - whether its increased security at airports or infringements on personal privacy. In WAR TAKES, Colombian filmmakers Adelaida Trujillo and Patricia Castaño turn the cameras on themselves to portray the tough realities of civil life in the violent, war-ravaged country of Colombia. Partners in an independent media company, they struggle to balance their family, business and political lives: reporting from dangerous parts of the country; managing their company as the economic situation worsens; parenting young children amid threats of violence and kidnapping; and rethinking their political views as war moves closer to the city. The filmmakers skillfully incorporate coverage from local television, archival footage, and narration to provide insightful analysis and historical background - including U.S. involvements in the region. Powerfully intimate and often humorous, their chronicle reveals how life goes on in Colombia - however surreal - against the terrifying backdrop of war.


  • Chicago Latino Film Festival
  • Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films
  • Femcine Film Festival
  • International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam (IDFA)
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • Barcelona Human Rights International Film Festival
  • The Museum of Modern Art - Documentary Fortnight Exhibition
  • Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival
  • Hamptons International Film Festival
  • Banff Film Festival
  • Dok Fest (Munich Documentary Film Festival)
  • Austin Latin Film Festival
  • Cine de Las Americas Film Festival

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    “An extraordinary portrait…With humor and candor, War Takes shakes up the mass media’s take on the war –ravaged Columbia and allows us to see how three extraordinarily ordinary citizens can make a difference.”
    Bruni Burres
    Human Rights Watch Film Festival

    “A meditation on Columbian society…steeped in the culture and history of the country.”
    Stephen Holden
    The New York Times

    “Highly recommended. A potent, heartrending personal documentary…Reveals how a sense of belonging and hope for a better future can strengthen those who choose to remain in Columbia despite the violence.”
    Sean Patrick Knowlton
    Educational Media Reviews Online

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