Ecuador looks to pick up pieces and rebuild after devastating earthquake – PBS NewsHour

It’s been just over a month since a deadly earthquake devastated Ecuador’s Pacific coast, destroying thousands of buildings and impacting at least a quarter-million people. As the government struggles with recovery costs and moves to rebuild, the disaster has also highlighted the need for tougher buildings codes — and enforcement. Special correspondents Bruno Frederico and Nadja Drost report.

The Coal Line

A short documentary, with Nadja Drost, and produced with Re:Common, that investigates allegations that an American coal company, Drummond Ltd., financed and  colluded with violent paramilitary groups who exercised a scorch-earth policy near the company’s mine in northern Colombia. May, 2016.

What peace in Colombia would mean for the drug trade and those who depend on it. PBS NewsHour

As Colombian officials negotiate with FARC rebels to end the country’s 50-year civil war, the illegal drug trade — used by the rebels to help finance their insurgency — has become a major point of debate. Special correspondents Bruno Federico and Nadja Drost travel to the heart of coca production in Colombia to examine how the drug market works and the impact of a potential peace deal.

Inside Colombia’s jungles, how FARC rebels are preparing for peace. PBS NewsHour

After decades of evading the Colombian military, FARC rebels are emerging from the jungle. Special correspondents Nadja Drost and Bruno Federico offer an exclusive look at the FARC perspective amid peace talks to end the world’s longest-running conflict.

Farc guerrillas: last days of blood in Colombia

With rare and exclusive access, the Guardian joins one of the Farc’s remaining rebel cells deep in the Colombian jungle as guerrillas contemplate the final days of their dying revolution.
After 51 years of armed struggle and numerous attempts at peace, the revolutionaries’ rapidly dwindling numbers have resolved into a hard core of hold-out cells, still on the run and deeply reluctant to give up their guns.

Aiming at the heart – Apuntando al Corazón. English version

Heroes Do Exist in Colombia was the name of the first major military propaganda campaign rolled out during ex-president Alvaro Uribe’s (2002-2010) Democratic Security Policy.
The government’s publicists reached for the hearts and minds of Colombians using emotional narratives of war and by constructing an image of the military based on the figure of hero and protector of a population vulnerable in the face of a guerrilla insurgency.
Aimed at convincing Colombians of the need for a security policy at any cost, the propaganda strategy also served as a way to conceal the reproachable role of the government during one of the cruelest periods of the armed conflict marked by paramilitary violence, political corruption and the military practice of inflating body counts by killing innocent civilians.
Aiming for the Heart shows how publicity campaigns become yet another battle ground in the armed conflict, trying to legitimize a war through propaganda and win the support of a divided society.
Direction: Claudia Gordillo and Bruno Federico
Original Idea: Claudia Gordillo
Research Assistant: Camilo Medina
Photography and editing: Bruno Federico
Production: Dance Stationary
Music: Music Multimedia
Illustrations: Snif
Duration: 52 minutes
Country: Colombia
Year: 2013

La Quimera

La Quimera – english from Bruno Federico on Vimeo.

In the Cauca department, as in all Colombia, a rush for gold has started.
There arrive people from all parts of the country, attracted by the dream of becoming rich on the one hand, but on the other hand, and more urgently, pushed by a reality of hunger and lack of opportunities.
Poor and dreamy gold seekers, the barequeros live from the crumbs the backhoe-diggers leave behind. The hundreds of metal spoons devastate the rivers when they extract kilos of gold and mock the laws, which, if not blind, are accomplices. Everyone participates in this profitable business, the guerrilla groups, the paramilitaries, the public armed forces, local administrations and controlling institutions. This is obvious.
Faced with this disaster, the Government in Bogotá envisions the control of the mines as future task of the public armed forces, under a perspective of post-conflict. However, at the same it cedes all the gold of Colombia to foreign enterprises like Anglo Gold Ashanty, Glencore, Carbón Colombia, at bargain sale prices.
A few daring resist offering their bodies and their lives to defend the land, the rivers, the idea of autonomy and respect.

Apuntando al Corazón

“Una mentira repetida mil veces se convierte en verdad” (Goebbels)

En Colombia, a partir del gobierno de Álvaro Uribe Vélez, se generó una gran cantidad de propagandas militaristas que buscaban construir el imaginario del héroe en un contexto comunicativo que apuntaba a la cohesión alrededor de un discurso nacionalista.
A través de las voces de analistas de la comunicación, publicistas y los mismos militares “Apuntando al Corazón” sugiere que los discursos del odio y el miedo sirven como herramientas para la gobernabilidad y justifican la necesidad de una guerra.
Dirección: Claudia Gordillo y Bruno Federico
Idea Original: Claudia Gordillo
Asistente de investigación: Camilo Medina
Fotografía y edición: Bruno Federico
Producción: la Danza Inmóvil
Músicas: Multimedia Music
Ilustraciones: Snif
Duración: 52 minutos
País: Colombia
Año: 2013