Film and discussion night: How to do business in post-conflict Colombia?
On Friday May 19th, DocuDoka, in collaboration with NALACS (Netherlands Association on Latin American and Caribbean Studies) will be hosting a special film and discussion night in Doka (Volkshotel) on doing business in post-conflict Colombia. The event starts off with the exclusive screening of the documentary Chocolate de Paz (Chocolate of Peace) and will be followed by a panel discussion with Gwen Burnyeat, the film’s producer and co-director, as well as two experts on doing business in Colombia and an expert on the Colombian conflict and peace process.
DocuDoka-NALACS Special: Doing Business in Post-Conflict Colombia?
20.00 Doors open
20.15 Introduction by Letty Reimerink (board member of NALACS)
20.30 Screening of Chocolate de Paz (2016, 60 min, Dutch premiere!)
21.45 Panel discussion with Gwen Burnyeat (producer and co-director Chocolate de Paz), Sandra M. Rios Oyola (Leiden University), Diana Alarcón (Business Bridge) and Inge Horstmeier (Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO).
22:30 End, possibility to chat at the bar, start regular Doka night (until 7am!)
During the last years Colombia has been actively promoted in the Netherlands as a country of opportunities for doing business. With its vast and beautiful countryside, modern cities, good infrastructure and young population it has indeed a lot to offer. Yet, Colombia has also been entangled in a violent internal conflict over the last 52 years. With the signing of the peace agreement last year a new era has begun, but it has not changed the country overnight.
Chocolate de Paz (Chocolate of Peace)
The evening starts off with the exclusive screening of the documentary Chocolate de Paz (Dutch premiere!) by Gwen Burnyeat and Pablo Mejía Trujillo. Chocolate de Paz depicts the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó’s experiences of resistance, via a journey through their processes of organic chocolate production. From the seed to the product, the cacao is the narrative thread that takes us through the Community’s stories of violence and resilience, and their fight to remain neutral in the face of the Colombian armed conflict.
The screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:
- Gwen Burnyeat, producer and co-director of Chocolate de Paz and currently a Wolfson PhD scholar in Anthropology at University College London (UCL), researching the social history of the Colombian peace process.
- Dr. Sandra M. Rios Oyola, lecturer at the Department of International Studies at Leiden University and author of the book Religion, Social Memory and Conflict. The Massacre of Bojayá in Colombia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
- Diana Alarcón, co-founder of Business Bridge, a consortium of business consultants in The Netherlands and in Colombia who are specialized in bilateral relations between these two countries and provide services for commercial and cooperation projects.
- Inge Horstmeier, business development coach at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemers, RVO).
The panel discussion will address possibilities and challenges of doing business in Colombia in responsible, sustainable and conflict-sensitive way. There will be plenty of room for questions from and discussion with the audience. The evening will be moderated by Letty Reimerink, board member of NALACS and independent urban researcher and journalist.
Tickets for the fifth edition of DocuDoka are available online for €10 (€7,50 for students and €5 for NALACS members) at http://bit.ly/tickets-docudoka-nalacs-special. If not sold-out in pre-sale, tickets can be bought at the door as well, but seating is limited, so advance ticketing is advised.
Become a NALACS member and the entrance is free! What to do? You buy a regular ticket (€10,00) online and at the entrance you sign the membership form and pay €17,50 (instead of €27,50).
DocuDoka is an initiative of creative night bar Doka in collaboration with the Department of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam, the Hospitality Knowledge Centre of the Saxion University of Applied Sciences, cultural organization Caribbean Creativity, and media and events agency Gasten in je Gezicht. It is an engaging film and discussion night on the adverse effects of globalization. Every two months an urgent issue in today’s global society is discussed on the basis of a documentary and discussion with special guests and the audience.