La Bonga

Currently in production

Nearly twenty years after fleeing the violence of civil war, a displaced community embarks on a symbolic journey through the jungles of northern Colombia to resurrect a home that exists only in their memory.

supported by
Sundance Documentary Film Program
Catapult Film Fund
Kartemquin Films
New Orleans Film Society
NALIP - National Association of Latin Independent Producers

Shortly after a nearby massacre at the hands of paramilitaries, two hooded strangers entered the farming town of La Bonga and delivered a letter. The note accused the townspeople of sympathizing with the FARC, the largest guerrilla group in Colombia. They were given 48 hours to either leave or suffer the same fate as their neighbors. The entirety of La Bonga––120 families––fled that same night.
Nearly twenty years later, the mud hut homes that once made up the town have been swallowed whole by the jungle. There exists little more than memories; many see La Bonga as a mythical land that has vanished.

As Colombia attempts to move forward through a tenuous peace process, the Bongueros decide to organize a symbolic return. The community will go back to La Bonga for the first time since the displacement to resurrect the celebration of their patron saint, Santa Rosa de Lima. They will battle the wilderness to reclaim their land while searching for the meaning of home.