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The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt (2003)

Missing Peace (original title)
On May 26, 2002, we watched the Colombian presidential elections from Bogotà's regal Plaza de Bolivar. We had come to Colombia to document the campaign of controversial presidential ... See full summary »
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On May 26, 2002, we watched the Colombian presidential elections from Bogotà's regal Plaza de Bolivar. We had come to Colombia to document the campaign of controversial presidential candidate, Ingrid Betancourt. But on Election Day, Ingrid never arrived. Instead, the candidate appeared in the Plaza as a cardboard torso-carried in the arms of her husband, Juan Carlos Lecompte. As Juan Carlos and Ingrid's mother, Yolanda Pulecio, pleaded with the Colombian people for solidarity, Ingrid spent Election Day deep in the Colombian jungle-a hostage of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and one of the thousands of victims of Colombia's 40 year-old civil war. In THE KIDNAPPING OF INGRID BETANCOURT, Ingrid Betancourt tells her own life story including how, since the beginning of her congressional election in 1994, she risked her life by denouncing Colombian politicians who have been linked to drug cartels. The film continues after the day she is kidnapped on February 23, 2002, ... Written by Directors

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Powerful film about a remarkable woman's quest for a free Colombia
27 March 2013 | by (SoCal) – See all my reviews

An uncompromising and "risky" look at a brave, idealistic young woman raised in a life of privilege, who didn't avert her eyes from the suffering of her people. Ingrid Betancourt found that both the Conservative and Liberal Parties in Colombia, though they flaunted conflicting viewpoints, were all but the same where it mattered to the people. Neither were willing to cross swords with the drug cartels, and FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia)continued their reign of terror unchecked, kidnapping people for ransom. Betancourt created her own party "Oxygen", a truly Liberal party by any free society's standards, and it cost her dearly as the title of this film reveals. Bruce and Hayes, the filmmakers, obviously put themselves in harm's way to shoot this heart-rendering documentary, two American women in a place where kidnapping is a way of life. I don't know what film the previous poster watched, but this is anything but "boring", I learned more about the trials of the Colombian people and their plight in the first 10 minutes of the production than I had my entire life. It broke my heart to see images of this idealistic and courageous young woman before her abduction and after, she looked as though she aged 20 years. I also felt a sense of shame when I considered how much we take for granted. Watching her husband and children looking for any bit of news on her condition...I doubt I'll ever look at my own family without an enormous sense of gratitude ever again. I give this marvelous film my highest recommendation.

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