The Montana State University Leadership Institute presents a free award-winning documentary film "The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt" on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theatre (125 Linfield Hall).
Ingrid Betancourt, a prominent political figure, challenged her corrupt government in Colombia to help stop over 3,000 kidnappings a year and ongoing violence from the 40-year-old civil war. As a strong believer in freedom, Betancourt ran as a presidential candidate in 2002. In the process of her campaign, she was kidnapped by Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) after demanding the freedom of the thousands of Colombian victims of the war.
The documentary from co-directors Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes includes shocking footage from the Colombian presidential campaign, radio interviews with Betancourt prior to the abduction, and interviews with her family, who continue to this day to battle for justice in Colombia while their daughter is still missing, two years later. Prior to the election, Betancourt had worked exhaustively for the Colombian people and won a seat in the House of Representatives, and later a seat in the Senate. She was well on her way to the presidency with a successful campaign platform espousing honesty and values.
This film plunges the viewer into a world of struggle and passion for a democracy. In turn, the film reveals an unexpected positive side of politics when the people of Colombia unite in an effort to bring peace to their society, a reality far apart from the drug and corruption stereotype.
This event is free and open to the public. Call 994-7275 with any questions.