The Judge and the General

Rated NR 84 minutes 2008

In 1998, when Chilean judge Juan Guzmán was assigned the first criminal cases against that country’s former military dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, the judge respected Pinochet and thought atrocity stories from Pinochet’s “dirty war” were communist propaganda. What he discovered changed his mind. “I thought hatred had finished here in Chile,” admitted Guzmán. Wrong again. Filmmakers Elizabeth Farnsworth (a Berkeley resident) and Patricio Lanfranco Leverton take us on the expected torture tour, but spend most of their time on Guzmán’s painful transformation from an unquestioning member of Chile’s ruling class to a seeker of truth unafraid to descend into the “abyss.” A brilliant documentary on a thorny political subject (84 min.).

Film Credits

Director: Elizabeth Fransworth and Patricio Lanfranco

Writer: Elizabeth Fransworth

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