In the late 1990s, when I was working on a feature-length film about the cocaine trade, I went to the United States to meet Colombians who had fled the war and who were living in Orlando.
I saw some of them in the lobby of a hotel on a busy downtown street, chatting about life back home.
I was introduced to the actress-filmmaker Massey and the actor-actress Carranza.
In those days, I was also meeting Colombian actors like Luis Sosa and Javier Salazar, who, together with Sosa’s mother, were also members of the notorious Cartel Land gang.
In a hotel room, we sat down and started talking.
I began to hear the stories of the people who came to Orlando to make movies and then went back to Colombia.
I asked them what it was like to be the first person they met.
They told me about the drug trade in Colombia.
They described how it was, and they said, “We are from the streets.”
I asked, “How did you get here?”
They answered, “There is a big cartel there.”
Then they told me what the drug business was like.
They said they were paid a certain amount of money, that their paychecks were never in the bank.
The people were being held in prisons and other places.
One said, They were kept in the streets for three months and sold drugs and guns.
I told them, “They are really telling the truth.
What do you think of them?”
They said, I don’t know.
Then I asked a question, “You know, when did the drug economy become so big?”
They told that they were the first to go through that.
I said, How do you know?
They said that it happened when they were kids.
That is why we are talking about this.
And then, after that, I asked the people what they thought about the war.
They talked about it and said that they had no money, no job, and had to sell drugs and kill each other.
So, the Colombians told me, We are going back to our homeland, back to their homeland, where we used to be.
And that is why I think this is important.
The stories I heard about the Cartel land, they are so similar to my own.
I want to tell you the stories about Colombians that I was invited to.
First of all, you know that the Cartels are not from Colombia.
The Colombians are from Colombia, so the story that they told to me about Colombia is very much like my own experience.
But they told that the drug war started in the early 2000s.
It is a time when the cartels were very powerful.
And they started to control the streets, to control drugs and to control people.
So it is not that these Colombians were always doing it to sell guns.
But the drugs are killing people and they are killing each other, and the Colombian people, the people that they know, are getting caught in the middle.
That was the time that they started.
It was a time of change, and a time where people were not allowed to have jobs.
They were not permitted to go out and buy things.
People started to move away from the drug-trade, to get jobs.
But in those times, when they had such strong ties to the government, they were able to control a lot of people.
The first Colombian movies I made were in Colombia, but they are not the movies that people are talking.
But, these are the stories that I heard.
They are stories of people who were caught in this vicious circle.
And these stories are very similar to what I was hearing from the Colombian people.
I think that this film will be very interesting to tell because I heard stories about Colombia from the people in the movie.
But what I think we need to do is to do this for the people of Colombia, the Colombian government, and especially the Colombian community.
I hope that this documentary will be a source of pride for the Colombian communities, of pride that we have been doing things differently.
I will also be very proud that it will be done with the cooperation of all these people, for the Colombias people.
And it will make us aware of what is happening.
And I will be sure to be doing my part, to speak to people in every corner of the world.