An unflinching portrait of daily life in the slums of Medellin, Columbia. More than 30,000 people have been killed over the last ten years in Colombia's bloody civil conflict, in which left-wing guerrillas' fight against the government and illegal right-wing paramilitary groups. Recently, as guerrillas and paramilitaries sought to control the barrios, urban gangs were brought into the conflict . And so a brutal turf war developed with adjacent barrios fighting against each other.
This stunning documentary has achieved intimate access to three young gang members, whose lives are defined by violence. La Sierra captures unbelievable scenes - from shoot-outs between rival gangs to intimate moments of love, pain, joy and death.