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War Takes

Colombian filmmakers Adelaida Trujillo and Patricia CastaƱo spent several years compiling video journals documenting their respective families' methods of coping with life in a war-torn country on the brink of collapse. Although they're both middle-aged women of privilege, their tapes vividly demonstrate that social station is no buffer against chaos; people from all walks of life are regularly abducted by guerrillas or the opposing paramilitaries and often never heard from again. Humor, often pitch black, is the key to maintaining a semblance of sanity in both households. The scenes in which Trujillo and her biologist husband attempt to explain the state of things to their young children are deeply affecting. In Spanish with subtitles. 78 min.

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