The Judge and the General

Juan Guzmán is assigned by judicial lottery to investigate the first criminal cases filed against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

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Series
POV, Global Voices
Premiere Date
August 19, 2008
Length
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    2009 Directors Guild of America-Outstanding Directorial Achievement
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    2009 News and Documentary Emmy Awards-Outstanding Historical Programming Emmy
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    2009 Uruguay International Documentary Film Festival-Best Documentary Award
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    2009 Uruguay International Documentary Film Festival-Critic's Prize, Association of Film Critics of Uruguay
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    2010 duPont Awards-Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award
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    The Film

    When in 1998 Chilean judge Juan Guzmán was assigned the first criminal cases against the country’s ex-dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, no one expected much. Guzmán had supported Pinochet’s 1973 coup — waged as an anti-Communist crusade — that left the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende, and thousands of others dead or “disappeared.” The filmmakers trace the judge’s descent into what he calls “the abyss,” where he uncovers the past — including his own role in the tragedy. The Judge and the General reveals one of the 20th century’s most notorious episodes and tells a cautionary tale about violating human rights in the name of “higher ideals.”

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