Monday, August 11, 2008

Aug 14: Film on Chile under Pinochet

Aug. 14

Film: The Judge & the General

At Walter Reade Theater,
Lincoln Center.

The Judge & the General will also be shown on the PBS series "POV"
Aug. 19

A Chilean judge uncovers long-buried secrets during a six-year investigation of former dictator Augusto Pinochet and, in the process, must confront his own role in that dark past.

As filmmakers and journalists, Elizabeth Farnsworth, Patricio Lanfranco and Richard Pearce have — in film, video, and newsprint — covered the horrors and heroism of Chilean history since the election of President Salvador Allende in 1970.

That history raises the most basic questions of our times: why do human beings believe that they are doing the right thing when they torture and murder in the name of some higher goal? And what can be done to atone for those crimes and provide some measure of justice to victims?

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