Documentary Film launch and debate
01 December in Geneva.
Friday, 25 November 2022 University of Neuchâtel, Av. du 1er-Mars 26, Room C54
17:15 - 18:30, followed by an apéro
The documentary shows the struggle of three Colombian women living on the Colombia-Venezuela border, a zone of geopolitical conflict where guerrillas, paramilitaries, and the Venezuelan army fight for control over the territory. Despite the pervasive violence, the immobility policies of the Venezuelan government, and the largely absent Colombian state, these three women develop strategies to survive with their small businesses and to weave social fabric between the two sides of the border. These stories illustrate the struggles experienced by many internally displaced persons and forced migrants living at the border who face daily violations of their human rights and pervasive poverty.
This documentary is the result of a research project on migrant entrepreneurship at the Geography Institute of the University of Neuchâtel and part of the "nccr – on the move", led by Yvonne Riaño and Etienne Piguet (https://nccr-onthemove.ch/projects/migrant-entrepreneurship-mapping-cross-border-mobilities-and-exploring-the-role-of-spatial-mobility-capital/). The documentary has been funded by the nccr – on the move and the University of Neuchâtel.
For the production of this documentary, Yvonne Riaño collaborated with Germán Arango, a Colombian filmmaker, screenwriter, and anthropologist, and Ana Teresa Castillo, a Colombian and well-known local leader on the border between Colombia and Venezuela who created the Deredez Association, which supports displaced Colombians, Venezuelan migrants, and victims of sexual and armed violence. They will all be present at the event and will be happy to take your questions and hear your feedback and ideas to improve the lives of microentrepreneurs at the Colombia – Venezuela border.
If you want to participate, please register by ticking the “here” link provided in the attached flyer.