On February 12, 2003 a Pentagon-owned Cessna went down in the jungle of southern Colombia. At the crash site, guerillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Colombia's ...
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On February 12, 2003 a Pentagon-owned Cessna went down in the jungle of southern Colombia. At the crash site, guerillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Colombia's largest insurgent group, surrounded the men as they emerged from the plane, and later shot and killed an American pilot and a Colombian crewmember. The three other Americans were captured as "prisoners of war" and are still being held hostage. With unprecedented access, Colombian journalist Jorge Enrique Botero obtained this exclusive interview with the three men in a jungle prison camp on July 25, 2003. Seen for the first time since their abduction, Thomas Howes, Marc Gonsalves and Keith Stansell, flanked by guerrilla soldiers with automatic weapons, reveal what daily life is like in captivity and express their fears that they will never leave Colombia alive. In emotional sequences, the hostages learn that their co-workers died trying to rescue them, and send heartbreaking messages to their loved ...Written by
"Held Hostage in Columbia" is a short documentary film that features interviews with 3 Americans being held hostage by the FARC, a Columbia terrorist organization.
Even though I tend to get bored in interview-style documentaries, this film was certainly the exception. Having never been exposed to this side of a hostage crisis, I was intrigued by the day-to-day life of the 3 hostages. The film also sheds light on some misconceptions about how the American government handles hostage crises.
Having followed hostage situations closely on the news before, I watched the intensity of how the government handled them; it seemed the hostages would be home very, very soon, within days. But, to watch this film, and see hostages who have been there for months, even years, is shocking.
An informative film; get a chance to see it if you can.
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