Fragmentos (2019)

Famous artist Doris Salcedo receives 39 tons of melted weapons handed over by the FARC guerrilla to make a work of art. The sculptor invites victims of sexual violence to forge the metal, and helps them to leave behind the pain and speak loud to have justice.

  • Mayte Carrasco
    Survival in Caracas
  • Mayte Carrasco
  • Photoholic & The Big Story Films
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Human Rights, War, Peace, Postconflict, FARC, Sexualviolence
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 8 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    60 USD
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  • Festival Cinema Malaga
    March 22, 2019
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • The Big Story Films
    Country: Spain
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Mayte Carrasco


Director, scriptwriter and novelist. Awarded war correspondent, she has been in most dangerous conflicts (Georgia, Afghanistan, Mali, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Iraq or Colombia). Among other awards, she has an IRIS award from the TV Academy for her courageous coverage of the Syrian civil war. With her production company she writes and produces fiction and current affairs content for international channels thanks to her exceptional creativity and experience.

40 Years of War in Afghanistan (Afghanistan, 2020)4x52, co-Director
Fragmentos (Colombia, 2019) short documentary, Director and scriptwriter
Survival in Caracas (Venezuela, 2014)co- Director
The Hero of Granada (Spain, 2016)Director and scriptwriter
Mali: Al Qaeda's shelter (Mali, 2010) Director and scriptwriter

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Director Statement

Massive sexual violence against women is as an ever-present act of terror in all conflict with armed men anywhere on the planet. However, we never hear the voices of the victims of these crimes. The sculptor Doris Salcedo asked women raped by all parts of the conflict in Colombia to participate in the creation of a Monument for Peace, giving them importance and ending a testimonial injustice. The victims speak directly to us and give us a lesson of resilience, solidarity and reconciliation for a peaceful world. The film narrates how the weapons left by the FARC become a work of art for memory, as only art can transform things. The burn of the weapons and their melting into a transforming fire, gives to the film a cathartic meaning and a positive point of view unseen in this kind of subject: women leave behind pain and drama, they are strong and show us compassion and hope in a better future. Colombia's war lasted 52 years and left more than 8 million dead. The extreme left-wing guerrilla of the FARC-EP was the longest in history, and left behind their weapons after a peace agreement that is not yet well-established in Colombia.

Quote from Mayte Carrasco:

"The short documentary FRAGMENTOS was released on 22 March 2019 at the Malaga Film Festival (Spain) and had a great success and impact on the public and the Spanish press; audience were not only moved, but also became aware of the scourge of sexual violence in Colombia and the world. The film aims to spread the voice of the victims of the Colombian conflict to all corners of the planet, and has been chosen in the Official Selection of several prestigious international Cinema Festivals, such as the MECAL International Festival in Barcelona in April, or the Busan International Festival in North Korea (BIFF) in May, among others” (Mayte Carrasco)