The Witness

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The Witness is a feature length documentary which tells a unique story of forgiveness through the lens of award-winning Colombian photojournalist, Jesús Abad Colorado. Jesús has risked his life to tell the stories of the millions of victims of his country’s conflict, the longest civil war in the western hemisphere.

 

Produced and directed by Kate Horne, the film was a co-production between Pacha Films, Ronachan Films and Horne Productions for broadcaster Caracol Televisión. The film launched on Netflix in June 2019.

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Two years after the government signed peace with the FARC guerrillas (ending a 50 year civil war) the film was used as a tool to promote dialogue about forgiveness and peacebuilding in communities throughout Colombia.

 

The Witness received sponsorship for a release campaign across Latin America from Sura, Hay Festival and The British Council.

Horne Productions worked closely with Caracol Televisión on a release strategy and a social impact strategy:

 

March 2018: Spreading Peace Colombia

October 2018: Theatrical release through CineColombia 

March 2019: Screenings in New York

April 2019: With a momentum behind the film, the broadcast of El Testigo on Caracol in Colombia saw #JesusAbadColorado and #ElTestigo trend internationally on Twitter. Due to the overwhelming response, the film was repeated

April 2019: Screenings at the Curzon Cinema in London


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Following the Netflix release in June 2019, Horne Productions has worked closely with grassroots organisation, Rodeemos el Diálogo, and partnered with international Alliance for Peacebuilding. Jesús Abad Colorado talks throughout Colombia and at international festivals and screenings.

 

The film is now part of a global campaign to get “peacebuilding” a word that gets 8,000,000 Google hits – into the world’s leading dictionaries.

 

El Testigo caught the attention of renowned human rights advocate Rep. James P. McGovern. As part of the first ever global Peacebuilding Action Week showing the world the power and unity of the global peacebuilding movement, McGovern hosted a screening of the film at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the United States Congress in Washington DC.


The film is available on request for download for private screenings around the world accompanied by a discussion about peacebuilding. Please contact Horne Productions if you wish to arrange such a screening.

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