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Press and Reviews

The Judge and the General will remain as a legacy for future generations. His message is clear: no higher ideal justifies violating the rights of fellow human beings.”

— Raúl Sohr, La Nación, Santiago, Chile

“…commanding tale about a rare triumph of human rights.”

— Tamara Straus, San Francisco Chronicle

“Following their protagonist over nearly a decade, Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco’s The Judge and the General is an engrossing look at a randomly appointed magistrate’s dogged investigation of crimes under the rule of now-late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.”

— Dennis Harvey, Variety

“The film offers a cautionary tale for Americans, as well. Up until the coup that installed Pinochet on Sept. 11, 1973…nobody dreamed that their rule of law and elections could be so fragile and end in an instant.”

— Kevin McDonough, United Features Syndicate

“As an object lesson concerning the abuse and expansion of government powers and secrecy, the film is uncomfortably germane for many viewers today, including viewers in the U.S.”

— Cynthia Fuchs, Pop Matters

The Judge and the General...embodies a contradiction: it proves that a documentary can be heartening and dismaying at the same time.”

— Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

“…a fascinating snapshot of evolving international human rights law and its application to nations torn by war or civil disorder, seeking both justice and reconciliation.”

— Cyril Mychalejko,

“…a sobering account of the legal pursuit of Gen. Augusto Pinochet by victims of his military dictatorship.”

— Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald

“…strongly ethical, traditionally executed and soundly organized.”

— Sara Schieron, Boxoffice (4.5 out of 5.0 stars)

“Even those with only the slightest interest in Chilean politics will find themselves caught up in the story of Judge Juan Guzman and his search for the truth behind the accusations of human-rights violations leveled against former leader Augusto Pinochet.”

— The Onion

“Who could imagine a scenario more compelling than The Judge and the General?”

— Gregg Rickman, SF Weekly

“See the movie if you get a chance, even just for a break from the cynicism of everyday life.”

— Phil Bronstein, editor at large of the San Francisco Chronicle

“With The Judge and the General, Bay Area filmmaker Elizabeth Farnsworth and co-director Patricio Lanfranco vividly portray the kind of character transformation that alters not just an individual’s life, but the course of history.”

— Susan Gerhard, SF360