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Juan Guzmán investigates a murder.
Juan Guzmán investigates a murder.

The Judge and the General: Synopsis

When in 1998 Chilean Judge Juan Guzmán was assigned to investigate the first criminal cases against 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 and confronts the truth about his own role in the tragedy. The Judge and the General, a story of transformation and redemption, tells a cautionary tale about violating human rights in the name of a war on terror.

Elizabeth Farnsworth
Patricio Lanfranco Leverton

Blair Gershkow

Executive Producer
Richard Pearce

Andrés Cediel

Coordinating Producer
Rob Weiss

Associate Producer
María José Calderón

Music Composition
Barbara Cohen

Music Editor
Sharon Smith

Michael Anderson
Vicente Franco
Esteban Medel
Jim Van Vranken

Boris Herrera
Felipe Rivera
Dave Wendlinger

The Judge and the General is a co-production of West Wind Productions and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB). Additional funding provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Bernard and Barbro Osher, the Fleishhacker Foundation and Stephen Silberstein.

TRT: 84 minutes