The Film (Synopsis)

A camp for displaced people in Colombia. 400 people share a tiny space. They were displaced by violent groups: the paramilitary, the guerrilla or the national army.

Nearly all of them are farmers and their families, who were forced to flee from their land. Depending on the intention of the respective armed group - they would use it to cultivate coca, to show military presence or to assert economic interests.

Those who have reached a refugee camp, who have survived, who could escape a massacre enter a strange world which is difficult to understand.
The deprivation of homeland, of culture and livelihood as well as the loss of dignity and human rights now define the state they are living in, the life of a displaced person, a „desplazado“. Questions of identity, of victims and offenders, contemplation about guilt and complicity accompany them day and night.

Inside them cruel and brutal memories of their displacement are fighting against their dream for a better future. Thus leading to a state of almost paralysis, where there is no a way out to make a change in live. They spend years in the camp until faint signs of improvement turn up; but still these are far away from a solution. It is neither possible to go back to their land nor to live a life in dignity.

But the violence only takes a respite. The fear of being reported to the police brings members of rival gangs into the camps to threaten the people living there, to extort protection money from them and in many cases to force them to leave.

C., L., M., N., E., C. y S. are desplazados. They have escaped the violence, together with their families or alone and now live in a camp for displaced persons.

„Desplazado“ traces the innermost of these people. The film interweaves documentary sequences with audio parts similar to those of a radio drama asking the audience to create the missing image out of their own picture of a refugee. Just like the unreal and surreal visions of a better world that are going round inside the desplazados‘ heads helping them to bare the desolation and to escape in their illusions the desperate state they live in.