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A Night with Ingrid Betancourt

Photo Credit Tess Steinkolk 2008

For those of you not in the know, on Thursday, September 23, we are very excited to be co-hosting a Salon with The Bryn Mawr Film Institute featuring Ingrid Betancourt. Join us as Betancourt retells the remarkable story of her kidnapping in 2002 and the subsequent six and a half years she spent in captivity. 

The event begins with a showing of The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt, the 2003 award-winning documentary directed and produced by Vicotria Bruce and Karin Hayes (official site). The film opens as Betancourt narrates her own life story and continues after she is kidnapped on February 23, 2002. It documents her family and her political party as they fight to both free her and keep her presidential campaign alive. 

The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt has been described as “compelling from the start, for the sheer bravery of Betancourt’s campaigns, the love she has for her family and the tradition of service that runs in her bloodline” (Roger Catlin, Hartford Courant) and as “a documentary which should be seen by any person who values the concepts of liberty and democracy” (Phil Hall, filmthreat.com). The film is also the winner of multiple awards including the DuPont- Columbia University Award for Broadcast Journalism and the Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival. 

WHYY Executive Producer of Audio Content Elisabeth Perez-Luna will moderate a discussion with Betancourt following the film. Luna is an award winning journalist and a regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She’s the executive producer of WHYY’s A Chef Table, You Bet Your Garden, What Are We Thinking?, This I Believe, Impact of War and others.

Betancourt will also be signing copies of her memoir (to be released Tuesday, September 21, 2010), Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle. In her memoir, Betancourt brings the reader into her six years of captivity, as well as her life after the trauma, and relates her shocking story of courage and resilience.  You can learn more about the book by tuning into the “Diane Rehm Show” (WAMU/NPR) on Wednesday, September 22. Listen here

The event begins at 7:30 PM at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute (824 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA). Tickets are $10 for General Admission and $8 for BMFI and First Person Arts members. Buy your tickets here

Join us as Ingrid Betancourt tells her incredible story! We’ll see you there!

– Laura Reeve

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