Ingrid Betancourt

The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt

Documentary Film • 76 minutes

The story of a Colombian presidential candidate, her kidnapping by leftist guerrillas, and her family’s desperate quest to free her and keep her campaign alive.

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Held Hostage in Colombia

Held Hostage in Colombia

Documentary Film • 48 minutes

From deep within the Colombian jungle, the exclusive story of three Americans held hostage since their plane crashed in February 2003, landing them in a political minefield.

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Pip and Zastrow

Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship

Documentary Film • 75 minutes

The true story of two men who cross racial boundaries during segregation in the 1940s and form a life-long friendship that takes extraordinary turns. With humor, compassion and heartbreak, Pip and Zastrow navigate through 60 years against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and a country that has yet to overcome deep-seated racism and social inequity.

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WE'RE NOT BROKE

WE'RE NOT BROKE

Documentary Film • 81 minutes (56 min. educational version)

WE’RE NOT BROKE tells the story of U.S. corporations dodging billions of dollars in income tax, and how seven fed-up Americans take their frustration to the streets…
and vow to make the corporations pay their fair share.

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Hostage Nation

Hostage Nation

Book • Published by Knopf • 2010

A blistering journalistic exposé: an account of government negligence, corporate malfeasance, familial struggle, drugs, politics, murder, and a daring rescue operation in the Colombian jungle.

On July 2, 2008, when three American private contractors and Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt were rescued after being held for more than five years by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the world was captivated by their personal narratives. But between the headlines a major story was lost: Who exactly are the FARC? How had a drug-funded revolutionary army managed to hold so many hostages for so long? Had our costly War on Drugs failed completely? Hostage Nation answers these questions by exploring the complex and corrupt political and socioeconomic situations that enabled the FARC to gain unprecedented strength, influence, and impunity. It takes us behind the news stories to profile a young revolutionary in the making, an elite Colombian banker-turned-guerrilla and the hard-driven American federal prosecutor determined to convict him on American soil, and a former FBI boss who worked tirelessly to end the hostage crisis while the U.S. government disregarded his most important tool—negotiation.

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News Headlines

New documentary in development — "PowerShift"
Awarded the Catt Prize from the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University. Read more ...

July 2013 - Celebrating five years of freedom
For Ingrid Betancourt, Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes, Keith Stansell, and the numerous other former Colombian hostages.

Victoria Bruce takes filmmaking hiatus. Read more ...

PIP & ZASTROW - Remembering Zastrow Simms
Joseph "Zastrow" Simms passed away on April 15, 2013 in Maryland. Read more ...

HOSTAGE NATION (book)
"Hostage Nation: Colombia's Guerrilla Army and the Failed War on Drugs" (Knopf 2010). Received WOLA (Washington Office on Latin America) - Duke University Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America.

Contact Us

KARIN HAYES
Director/Producer
info@urcuninafilms.com