The Judge and the General

The Judge and the General

DVD - 2008
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A look at Chilean judge Juan Guzman, who was responsible for bringing to justice General Augusto Pinochet for human rights crimes, including the death of democratically elected president Salvador Allende and thousands of other innocent people.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Home Video, 2008
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9780793694921
0793694922
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approx. 83 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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akirakato
Mar 01, 2016

This is a 2008 documentary about Chilean judge Juan Guzmán who was assigned the first criminal cases against the country's ex-dictator General Augusto Pinochet.
Augusto Pinochet was dictator of Chile between 1973 and 1990 and Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Army from 1973 to 1998.
He was also president of the Government Junta of Chile between 1973 and 1981.
Pinochet assumed power in Chile following a United States-backed coup d'état in September 1973 that overthrew the elected socialist Unidad Popular government of President Salvador Allende and ended civilian rule.
Several academics have stated that the support of the United States was crucial to the coup and the consolidation of power afterward.
Pinochet had been promoted to Commander-in-Chief of the Army by Allende on August 23, 1973, having been its General Chief of Staff since early 1972.
In December 1974, the ruling military junta appointed Pinochet President of Chile by joint decree, although without the support of one of the coup's instigators, Air Force General Gustavo Leigh.
From the start of the new military government harsh measures were implemented.
During the period of Pinochet's rule, various investigations have identified the murder of 1,200 to 3,200 people with up to 80,000 people forcibly interned and as many as 30,000 tortured.
As of 2011, the official number of deaths and forced disappearances stands at 3,065.
After stepping down in 1990, Pinochet continued to serve as Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Army until 10 March 1998, when he retired and became a senator-for-life in accordance with his 1980 Constitution.
Eventually, he was indicted by Juan Guzmán, but Pinochet died on December 10, 2006.
About 300 criminal charges were still pending against him in Chile for numerous human rights violations during his 17-year rule, and tax evasion and embezzlement during and after his rule.
He was also accused of having corruptly amassed at least US$28 million.

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Ron@Ottawa
Oct 04, 2013

This is an excellent documentary on a dark period in the Chilean history, and on one man's determination to convict Pinochet, who was responsible for the torture and deaths of many dissidents. Judge Juan Guzman impressed me as a man of righteousness and determination. I love to see more people of this kind in our judicial system. However, Pinochet managed to live to 91 while under house arrest. So in a sense justice was not properly served given the extent of the crime his committed, which caused suffering to thousands of families.

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ms_mustard
Sep 24, 2013

This Patricio Lanfranco documentary is about the Chilean judge who investigated charges filed against Pinochet by citizens of Chile and how the investigation changed his opinions and his life. Chilean Patricio Guzman's documentary about astronomers in Chile's Atacama Desert: Nostalgia for the Light, led me to his other documentaries: Salvador Allende, A Film and The Pinochet Case. I recommend all 4 docs.

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uncommonreader
Apr 11, 2013

Very good documentary. No one should forget what happened in Chile.

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Keogh
May 15, 2012

Outstanding documentary. I was fascinated by the journey Guzman takes from being a conservative who had welcomed in Pinochet back in the day, to pursuing the case against the dictator. The documentary will disturb you, but it's essential viewing. More chilling, I think, then the footage of bodies unearthed, is the blind devotion of those who still regard Pinochet as a great man. The man himself was by all accounts a despicable sociopath, and he's more then earned his place in hell. It's interesting to see Guzman, a decent man, as he comes to terms with this dark period in his country's history and pursues justice.

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downsman
Apr 04, 2012

Excellent documentary that allows Judge Guzman to speak for him himself, which he does in a calm and considered manner. It was quite moving to see this member of the conservative Establishment seek justice on behalf of those who suffered from Pinochet's regime which, when it came to power, was initially greeted with approval by Juan Guzman himself.

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ms_mustard
Sep 28, 2013

Chilean Patricio Guzman's documentary about astronomers in Chile's Atacama Desert, Nostalgia for the Light, led me to his other documentaries: Salvador Allende, A Film and The Pinochet Case. This documentary is about the Chilean judge who investigated charges filed against Pinochet by citizens of Chile and how the investigation changed his opinions and his life. I recommend all 4 docs.

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