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Powerful Johnnie Walker Art Installation Unites Over 6,000 Former Civil War Adversaries

From the front lines of war, it is often the stories of hope and progress which emerge and live on - and that's exactly what a new film from Johnnie Walker and Bogotá’s Museum of Modern Art (MAMBO) highlights.

Keep Walking Colombia which was released to coincide with Colombian Independence Day, July 20, tells the story of five Colombians who took part in a unifying art installation by renowned American photographer Spencer Tunick, in which 6,000 people from all sides of the Colombian conflict posed nude together to stand for unity, peace and a better tomorrow.

The film shares incredible stories, like that of Wilson Barreto, who was blinded at age 19 by a FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) bomb attack. He went on to become close friends with a man named Luis – but what's special about their friendship is that Luis is the man who ordered the very attack that blinded Wilson. Wilson posed in the photo along with civilian victim Pilar Navarrete, ex-army officer Pablo Emilio Moncayo, ex-right wing paramilitary activist Ederlidia Garizao and Maria Esperanza Sierra, a former FARC combatant. Keep Walking Colombia tells their stories.

While many Americans might not be very familiar with Colombian history, the makers of the famous Johnnie Walker Blue Label were drawn to the project and believe many others will be too.

"It is a privilege for us to be able to help get these incredibly inspiring stories out into the world," said Daniel Leahy, Global Content Director at Johnnie Walker.

"While this is a Colombian story, we believe the sentiments of optimism and positivity as routes towards progress will resonate with people all over the world," Leahy explained.

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