Colombia in My Arms wins Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary

February 3, 2020

Göteborg Film Festival had its awards gala on Saturday, Feb 1, 2020.

Colombia in My Arms, directed by Jussi Rastas and Jenni Kivistö, was selected as the Best Nordic Documentary out of the competition section of eight Nordic documentary films. The award is worth 250,000 SEK (approximately 25,000 euros).

The film depicts the peace process in Colombia. The jury said in its motivation:

“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 Göteborg, and it was also screened last week at the DocPoint Helsinki International Documentary Film Festival. The film is produced by Markku Tuurna for Filmimaa.

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Photo: Göteborg Film Festival