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  • A Chilean judge investigates criminal cases filed against former dictator Augusto Pinochet.

    A Chilean judge investigates criminal cases filed against former dictator Augusto Pinochet.

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  • Judge Guzmán announces his decision, December 2004

    Judge Guzmán announces his decision, December 2004

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  • Forensic investigation, Cemetery of Concepción, Chile 2001

    Forensic investigation, Cemetery of Concepción, Chile 2001

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  • Investigating Judge Juan Guzmán, La Boca, Rio Bueno, Osorno, Chile April 2002

    Investigating Judge Juan Guzmán, La Boca, Rio Bueno, Osorno, Chile April 2002

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  • Investigating Judge Juan Guzmán, La Boca, Rio Bueno, Osorno, Chile April 2002

    Investigating Judge Juan Guzmán, La Boca, Rio Bueno, Osorno, Chile April 2002

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  • Protest Demonstration, Santiago, Chile 1983

    Protest Demonstration, Santiago, Chile 1983

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  • Protest Demonstration, Santiago, Chile 1983

    Protest Demonstration, Santiago, Chile 1983

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  • Protest Demonstration, Santiago, Chile 1984

    Protest Demonstration, Santiago, Chile 1984

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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.”

The Filmmakers

  1. Elizabeth FarnsworthProducer/Director
  2. Patricio LanfrancoProducer/Director