UCL Institute of the Americas


Filming Transition: Documentary Lenses on Colombia’s Peace Process

27 November 2018, 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

UCL Institute of the Americas

This event brings together two documentary films. Each speaks to essential facets and experiences of the search for substantive and sustainable peace in Colombia.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Dr Katherine Saunders-Hastings – Institute of the Americas
020 7679 2000


Room 103
Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square
United Kingdom

Chocolate: film poster
Chocolate of Peace

This film depicts the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó's stories of violence and resilience, and their struggle to remain neutral in the face of the Colombian armed conflict, via a journey through their processes of organic chocolate production. It offers a panorama of hope, proof that despite great difficulties it is possible to sow peace through human and economic relationships. http://chocolateofpeace.com

Somos: film poster
Somos (We are): a participatory documentary on youth and peace in Colombia. 

In the small town of San Carlos (Antioquia, Colombia), national icon of peace and reconciliation, journalists have always asked for the opinion of adults. But what do the younger generations have to say? Realised by 24 adolescents under the coordination of Elena Butti, this documentary asks how peace and violence look like for the youngest in society. It sheds light on the issues of domestic violence, drug addiction, school conflict, and social discrimination these young people face in their daily lives. During the last crucial months of 2016, when politicians discussed the peace agreement with the FARC-EP, these young people learned to use cameras, ask questions and voice their views. They deserve to be listened to.

Please note that while attendance at this event is free the places are limited and so booking is requireed to avoid disappointment

About the Speakers

Gwen Burnyeat

Wolfson PhD scholar at UCL Department of Anthropology

Gwen Burnyeat is a Wolfson PhD scholar in Anthropology at UCL, and author of Chocolate, Politics and Peace-Building: An Ethnography of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, Colombia (Palgrave Macmillan 2018).

Elena Butti

Doctoral student at Centre for Socio-Legal Studies of the University of Oxford

Elena Butti is an anthropologist completing her PhD at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies of the University of Oxford (www.elenabutti.com). Her research, based on 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Colombia between 2015 and 2018, investigates adolescents' trajectories into organised violence and crime in Colombia's (peri-)urban margins (details here). Next to her doctoral research, Elena is involved in a number of impact-oriented projects with various partners, including the UNICEF Office of Research (details here), and the Advisory Expert Group on the UN Progress Study on Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security (details here). In Colombia, Elena has also collaborated with the International Center for Transitional Justice and UNICEF. At Oxford, she is co-founder of the Oxford Children’s Rights Network, and a member of the Oxford Transitional Justice Research group, the War and Peace at Oxford group, and the Enacting Global Transformation Initiative.