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The Judge and the General

Directed by Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco

Part of Cinema of Urgency

Post-screening Q&A with director/producer Farnsworth and editor Blair Gershkow

On September 11, 1973, a coup d’etat against democratically elected socialist president Salvador Allende placed the government of Chile in the hands of General Augusto Pinochet. During his brutal 17-year dictatorship, thousands of Chileans were killed, tortured, and went “missing.” Years after the coup, criminal complaints filed by the families of victims landed on the desk of former Pinochet supporter Judge Juan Guzmán, whose investigations, he says, “opened the eyes of my soul.” The filmmakers followed Guzmán for three years in order to make this cautionary tale about the violation of human rights. 2008, video, 87 minutes.