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Captive Radio

Short Film, Politics, Latin America, Human Rights
Lauren Rosenfeld
23 minutes


*Official Selection Hot Docs Int'l Documentary Festival

*Official Selection United Nations Association Film Festival

*Official Selection DOC NYC

*Winner Best Short Documentary San Diego Latino Film Festival

*Official Selection Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

*Official Selection Sydney Film Festival

"'Captive Radio' a riveting short film... For anyone teaching film, communication, or Latin American studies, this is a must-see." -Jon Else, Director of the Documentary Program, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism



Every Sunday morning, men and women in captivity deep in the Colombian jungle listen to messages from their families on The Voices of Kidnapping radio show. Captive Radio tells the story of two families that use the unique radio program to communicate with their loved ones held hostage by rebel guerrilla groups in Colombia. The film follows the harrowing personal accounts of the police major, Guillermo Solórzano, and the parents of Juan Camilo Mora, who have waited six years for news of their kidnapped son. Their stories represent the thousands of people marred by kidnapping who desperately seek a way to cope with separation and find it through The Voices of Kidnapping.



Lauren Rosenfeld is a documentary filmmaker and video producer based in San Francisco. Her films have appeared at universities, forums and film festivals around the world. Captive Radio received a 2012 International Documentary Association award nomination, won Best Short Documentary at the San Diego Latino Film Festival and was a Regional Finalist for the Student Academy Awards. Rosenfeld received a 2012 News and Documentary Emmy Award for her work on Crisis Guide: Iran, an interactive multimedia feature produced by MediaStorm and the Council on Foreign Relations. She has also produced content for Mission Loc@l, the PBS NewsHour and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Before joining Fault Lines, she was associate producer and reporter at the Investigative Reporting Program on Rape in the Fields/Violación de un Sueño, a collaborative documentary project broadcast on PBS FRONTLINE and Univisión.


"A potent documentary." -Video Librarian

"In my graduate documentary classes I show this elegant, moving, and beautifully constructed film as an example of how to do it right. “Captive Radio” is a riveting short film, solidly conceived, beautifully produced in Colombia, and edited with perfect economy. For anyone teaching film, communication, or Latin American studies, this is a must-see." -Jon Else, Director of the Documentary Program, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

"'Captive Radio' is a beautiful documentary film that mixes the personal emotional pain and love of families whose loved-ones have gone missing by guerilla groups in Colombia with the inspiring work of the journalists/activists who do whatever they can to maintain a communication link. It's a special film, from an unusual perspective about an unusual subject matter." -Jon Shenk, Documentary Director/Cinematographer and Founder of Actual Films

"A heart-wrenching look at the hostages taken in Colombia's long-running civil war, and an unforgettable portrait of the radio station that offers kidnap victims a lifeline to the outside world. Director Lauren Rosenfeld creates a mood of longing and hope and sustains it beautifully." -Stephen Talbot, Center for Investigative Reporting


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