Projet Accompagnement Solidarité Colombie

Aiming at the Hearth - Apuntando al Corazon

16 April 2014

Heroes Do Exist in Colombia was the name of the first major military propaganda campaign rolled out during ex-president Alvaro Uribe's (2002-2010) Democratic Security Policy.



The government's publicists reached for the hearts and minds of Colombians using emotional narratives of war and by constructing an image of the military based on the figure of hero and protector of a population vulnerable in the face of a guerrilla insurgency.



Aimed at convincing Colombians of the need for a security policy at any cost, the propaganda strategy also served as a way to conceal the reproachable role of the government during one of the cruelest periods of the armed conflict marked by paramilitary violence, political corruption and the military practice of inflating body counts by killing innocent civilians.



Aiming for the Heart shows how publicity campaigns become yet another battle ground in the armed conflict, trying to legitimize a war through propaganda and win the support of a divided society.



Direction: Claudia Gordillo and Bruno Federico

Original Idea: Claudia Gordillo

Research Assistant: Camilo Medina

Photography and editing: Bruno Federico

Production: Dance Stationary

Music: Music Multimedia

Illustrations: Snif

Duration: 52 minutes

Country: Colombia

Year: 2013

 

 

Author: 
PASC