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Tanja - Dagboek van een guerrillera

The fascinating story of Tanja Nijmeijer: from idealistic student to member of the notorious FARC. This documentary exposes the complexity of her choices.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Tanja - Dagboek van een guerrillera

In the late 1990s, 19-year-old Tanja Nijmeijer decides to go to Colombia for an internship. Once there, she is confronted with the political unrest in the country. The harrowing situations she saw with her own eyes made her decide to join the FARC after her studies: at the time, the largest guerrilla army in the world with the aim of overthrowing the Colombian state. Although advised against it, Tanja does not shy away from danger for her ideals and quickly manages to work her way up within the organisation, eventually becoming a key figure in reaching a peace agreement.

This disconcerting documentary by Marcel Mettelsiefen, multiple award-winner and known for a.o. the documentary Watani: My Homeland, shows how Tanja turns from idealistic student into a member of the notorious FARC and ends up on Interpol's international investigation list.