"War Takes" - Women Make Movies
With conflicts raging on nearly every continent, war now regularly transcends the battlefield into everyday life—whether its increased security at airports or infringements on personal privacy. In WAR TAKES, Colombian filmmakers Adelaida Trujillo and Patricia Castaño turn the cameras on themselves to portray the tough realities of civil life in the violent, war-ravaged country of Colombia. Partners in an independent media company, they struggle to balance their family, business and political lives: reporting from dangerous parts of the country; managing their company as the economic situation worsens; parenting young children amid threats of violence and kidnapping; and rethinking their political views as war moves closer to the city. The filmmakers skillfully incorporate coverage from local television, archival footage, and narration to provide insightful analysis and historical background—including U.S. involvements in the region. Powerfully intimate and often humorous, their chronicle reveals how life goes on in Colombia—however surreal—against the terrifying backdrop of war.