GUERRILLA GIRL is the story of a young girl who enters the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the largest insurgent group in Colombia.
With unprecedented access, Danish director Frank P. Poulsen follows a training course for future guerrilla soldiers, describing the transformation of a middle-class city-girl having to adapt to strict military training, Marxist ideology and primitive conditions of life.
In a post 9/11 context, the U.S. State Department and other non-goverment organisations have labelled FARC a “terrorist organization, engaging in terrorist activity including murder, hostage-taking and violent destruction of property”.
The film elevates the discussion beyond the specific, and in a further perspective deals with the underlying social and political basis of terrorism, in a very humane way. Unsettling and unforgettable, this film captures with intensity the remarkable metamor-phosis the guerrilla recruits undergo, during the 3 month basic training course. From her first arrival to the hidden guerrilla camp, we follow the main character, Isabel, in her quest to become a part of this ideological organisation, and thereby renouncing life as she knows it.
It is the classic tale of losing ones innocence, a propelling human interest story. GUERRILLA GIRL is a critical anti-war-film, from a distant world that people usually have sporadic concep-tions or weak prejudice about.
From deep within the Colombian jungle, we get the first cinematic in-depth look at the life, trials and tribulations of young men and women who are lead into an ideologically narrow and dangerous life cycle.