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UK: Renegade Pictures
Cast: Mark Henderson
Directors: Mark Henderson, Kate Horne
Countries: UK / Germany / Colombia
UK Release Date: 11 February 2011 (Limited Release)
MY KIDNAPPER is a powerful and fascinating documentary directed by Mark Henderson and Kate Horne and reveals an emotional journey into a kidnapping, told from all sides.
In 2003 Mark Henderson was one of eight backpackers taken hostage whilst trekking in the Colombian jungle. What had started as an innocent tourist adventure, ended up as 101 terrifying days of captivity and uncertainty about his future. Eleven months after his release Mark received an email from Antonio, one of his kidnappers, and one of his fellow hostages received a facebook friend request from Antonio’s girlfriend, another of their captors. That email was the start of a five-year correspondence between hostage and kidnapper that eventually drew Mark back to the one part of the world he thought he’d never see again and face to face with the man who had once held the key to his freedom.
MY KIDNAPPER is a deeply personal, authored documentary, which follows Mark and three of his fellow hostages as they return to the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern Colombia, the place where they lived out their worst nightmares. As they travel deeper into the jungle, they discover the truth behind what happened to them, come to understand how they all dealt with the ordeal and finally confront two of their kidnappers. Ultimately, MY KIDNAPPER is a film about forgiveness, atonement and humanity.
The feature debut of Mark Henderson and Kate Horne, MY KIDNAPPER was five years in the making. Mark Henderson has worked in the British television industry for 15 years and has directed and produced documentaries and factual series on subjects as diverse as teenage pregnancy, the British adoption system and homelessness. Kate Horne is a producer and journalist with a passion for South America and especially Colombia. She recently completed her second feature documentary on the kidnapping of Ingrid Bettancourt.