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We Women Warriors: movie review

While director Nicole Karsin doesn't adequately detail the politics behind Colombian warfare, the documentary is still powerful.

By Peter RainerFilm critic / August 10, 2012

'We Women Warriors' centers on the women defending Colombia's people as citizens struggle against the attacks of paramilitary and government forces and cocaine smugglers.

Courtesy of Todos Los Pueblos Productions


The documentary “We Women Warriors” focuses on three heroines of Colombia’s cocaine wars, all native women using nonviolent tactics to defend Colombia’s indigenous people against warfare perpetrated by cocaine smugglers and paramilitary and government forces.

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Caught in the crossfire, the 102 aboriginal groups, nearly one-third in danger of extinction, according to director Nicole Karsin, are increasingly dominated by women (in large part because so disproportionately many of their men have been killed or executed). Karsin doesn’t adequately detail the political complexities of the struggle, but how can one not respond to someone like tribal leader Flor Ilva, who declares, “We women are warriors, not with weapons, but with our thoughts and through raising our children.” Grade: B (Unrated.)


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