In the early 2000s, 19-year-old Tanja from the Netherlands decides to go to Colombia as an au pair and is immediately confronted with the country's political turmoil. Horrified by the injustice she observes, she joins the largest guerrilla army in the world, FARC, and takes up arms to fight. After years in the dangerous jungle, Tanja becomes a key member of the organization and is eventually assigned as part of the FARC delegation to peace negotiations that lead to the end of the longest civil war in Latin America's history. But now her reunion with her family is held up by an Interpol arrest warrant.

Category Documentary
Original title Tanja – Tagebuch einer Guerillera
Director Marcel Mettelsiefen
Production Dreamer Joint Venture
Country Germany
Format HD, DCP
Runtime 52 / 85 min
Year 2023
Broadcaster NDR, SWR, VPRO, BBC Storyville
Language Dutch, Spanish, English
Subtitles English
Genre Biography, Geopolitics, History & Archive Footage, Human Interest, Politics


  • Dok.fest Munich, DOK.horizonte Competition, Germany (2023)
  • Salt Spring Film Festival, Canada (2024)
  • Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Poland (2024)

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  • Theatrical release in Germany via mindjazz pictures, June 15, 2023
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