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Detrás de Curuguaty: A movie about a massacre

In Paraguay, farmers and peasants have been fighting for years for the right to own their land. But in June of 2012, the city of Curuguaty was the victim of a massacre fuelled by the conflict between the people and the dictatorship. Now, a documentary about the massacre has been produced.

1/18/2013 Publisher: Edilberto Alvarez

Detrás de Curuguaty

The movie Detrás de Curuguaty (After Curuguaty) portrays the massacre from the farmers' perspective, as it portrays their struggle for the right to own the where they live. The documentary portrays the massacre and its events related to it from six different themes:

The events on June 15th (the day of the massacre)

Tax research

How families have been affected by the massacre

The farmers' struggle for justice

The land conflict that originated the massacre

The people's hope and ambition to find the truth

The movie, which can be seen at the top of this page, is mostly in the local language guaraní, but it is subtitled in Spanish. 

Support from Diakonia and SERPAJ

According to Edilberto Alvarez, programme director at Diakonia's office in Asunción, the movie was originally not planned, as funds, resources and necessary permits were difficult to obtain. Despite this, Diakonia and our local partner SERPAJ, an organization investigating crimes against human rights, have been able to support the production of Detrás de Curuguaty.

Premiere garnered much attention

Before the documentary premiered at the Panteón Nacional de los Héroes in Asunción on the 15th of January, the movie garnered much attention in Paraguayan media, much thanks to director Daniela Candia. Apart from her long collaboration with Diakonia and our partner organizations, she is also one of the most highly regarded journalists in Paraguay, and an ally of human rights.

The reactions concerning the documentary has so far been positive, and the hope of Diakonia and SERPAJ is that the massacre can finally bring something good with it; a large opinion that crimes against human rights are unacceptable.