Finnish doc Colombia in my Arms wins Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary

Finnish doc Colombia in my Arms wins Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary

Photo: Gothenburg Film Festival

Colombia in my Armsdirected by Jussi Rastas and Jenni Kivistö, won the Best Nordic Documentary prized at the 2020 Gothenburg Film Festival. The award is worth 250,000 SEK (approximately 25,000 euros).


The films asks: In a strongly polarised world, can people find a common ground for peace? While Ernesto, a reformed FARC guerrilla strives for change in the form of political participation and social inclusion for the poor, a passionate right-wing politician and a descendant of the Spanish conquistadors both want to rescue the country. The polarised society is thrown into chaos in which everyone is afraid of the future and their own survival. 


The jury said citation read:


“This award is given for the curiosity of the directors in observing vastly different opposing groups, resulting in a polyphonic portrait of a country in which peace doesn’t seem welcome. The precise use of photography and editing submerges us in the differing realities presented and creates a stark contrast between the political sensibilities at play in the natural and urban environments, and the associated poverty and luxury. This film goes beyond being an intimate portrait of a country, and makes us reflect upon colonialism and post-colonialism, capitalism and anti-capitalism, and what keeps us going as humanity.”


Colombia in My Arms had its world premiere in Gothenburg, and was also screened at the DocPoint Helsinki International Documentary Film Festival.


The film is produced by Markku Tuurna for Filmimaa.