Synopsis by Mark Deming
Through much of the 20th Century, the nation of Colombia struggled with political instability as a consequence of the sharp divide between the wealthy and the poor, and in the mid-1960's a radical socialist faction in Colombia formed the "Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia," or FARC, which translates as "the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia." FARC is an armed insurgent group that aims to topple the standing Colombian government through any means necessary, and the group raises much of its working funds through drug dealing. Documentary filmmaker Frank Piasecki Poulsen examines the inner workings of FARC in the film Guerilla Girl, which follows one young woman named Isabel as she leaves behind her bourgeois life to join the struggle. However, Isabel proves to be a less than ideal FARC candidate; despite her commitment to revolutionary ideology, Isabel is clearly a city girl not used to the rigors or life in the forest, and her paramilitary training does not progress smoothly. Matters come to a head when the trainees find themselves short on shampoo, and Isabel doesn't feel like sharing her secret stash. Guerilla Girl received its American premiere at the 2006 Silver Docs Film Festival in Silver Springs, Maryland.