London Screening at St Ethelburga's

On 5th December, Chocolate of Peace screened among Colombians and friends of Colombia in St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London. This amazingly special space was charged with energy - it has been a church for centuries and had survived the Fire of London and the Blitz, only to be destroyed as collateral damage by an IRA bomb in the 1990s. It was rebuilt as a centre for reconciliation, and Angharad Thain, community reconciliation director, chaired the wonderful evening and spoke about her experiences working in the centre with many diaspora communities such as Sri Lankans and Zimbabweans - many of which have things in common with the Colombian diasporic experience, though she emphasised that each country's pain is different. The event was co-hosted by Rodeemos el Diálogo, and after the screening we all shared a cup of Colombian hot chocolate sweetened with panela sugar cane and spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, and engaged in a broad dialogue between the audience and director Gwen Burnyeat and Angharad, spanning topics such as the hope for the future of Colombia, our relationship with food and peace from our daily consumerism, the idea of the 'alternative' as a way of building peace, and what it means to build 'community' in the midst of violence. We were also lucky to have photography exhibitions accompanying the room by Colombian photographers Julian Martínez, Diana García and Laura Alhach. Below are a selection of photos by Julian Martí