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Held Hostage in Colombia Toronto - Hot Docs' Doc Soup screening series presents a doc about one of the world's longest running civil wars. THE KIDNAPPING OF INGRID BETANCOURT (D: Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes) attempts to uncover what happens when, in a country dilapidated by political turmoil and corruption, a single voice fights for freedom and democracy. Directors Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes initially set out to document Ingrid Betancourt's presidential campaign across Colombia. The filmmakers thought they would be documenting her fight for what she believes is attainable - democracy and freedom in Colombia. Their mission to follow the trail of Colombia's most controversial presidential candidate was drastically altered three months before the election, on February 23, 2002, when Betancourt and her campaign manager were abducted by FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia).

Today, after over 600 days in captivity, she remains deep in the Colombian jungle, victim to the debauched system she is so desperately trying to abolish. Outside the jungle, Ingrid's family carries a life-size cardboard cutout of her while they continue to fight this battle of principles and keep her campaign alive.


Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)
December 10 at 7:00 pm.
December 10, 2003

A Q & A and discussion period with the directors, Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes, will follow. Also, a special, free presentation of HELD HOSTAGE IN COLOMBIA (D: Karin Hayes, Victoria Bruce, and Jorge Enrique Botero) will take place after the question and answer period at 9:15 pm. HELD HOSTAGE IN COLOMBIA is about three Americans who have been held hostage by FARC since February 2003 when the plane they were using to conduct cocaine field surveillance crashed in the jungle of Southern Colombia.

THE KIDNAPPING OF INGRID BETANCOURT Hayes is a graduate of UCLA's department of Worlds Arts & Cultures and has worked as a field/associate producer on documentaries for PBS, National Geographic Channel, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, and with The Cronkite Ward Company for TLC. Bruce is a filmmaker/journalist with a background in geology. After working in Colombia, and publishing her first book about a volcanic disaster in Colombia, No Apparent Danger (HarperCollins, 2001), Bruce was determined to find a project that would reveal the Colombian political situation. The pair traveled to Colombia to follow the campaign trail of a controversial candidate and began an incredible journey marked by desperation, friendship and solidarity.

Doc Soup, Hot Docs' celebrated film and discussion series, launched its 3rd season on October 15th with CINEMANIA (D: Stephen Kijak & Angela Christlieb), a documentary about 5 NYC movie junkies. Future Doc Soup screenings are on January 14, February 11, March 10 and April 7. Titles for Doc Soup are normally announced 4 weeks before their screening. Tickets are $10 each and free for students with valid ID, courtesy of the Toronto Star. For further ticket information and programming updates, please visit the Hot Docs website at

Doc Soup 2003-2004 is made possible by the generous support of Red Apple Entertainment, the Toronto Star, the Documentary Channel, Eye Weekly, and The National Film Board of Canada.

Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary film festival, will present over 100 documentary premieres in Toronto between April 23rd and May 2nd, 2004. Hot Docs also presents market, networking and professional development programmes for documentary professionals.

Held Hostage in Colombia
For general information:
Caroline Veldhuis, Communications Manager
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Tel: 416-203-2155

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