"Many Chileans refer to 'the other 9/11' — the September 11, 1973, coup led by General Augusto Pinochet, against the democratically elected government of Socialist Salvador Allende. The coup left thousands of Chileans dead, tortured or 'disappeared.' Allende died, apparently by suicide. The ensuing 17-year-long dictatorship was embraced then, and even now, by a large segment of Chilean society, as is made chillingly clear in the new documentary 'The Judge and the General'. But many Chileans resisted Pinochet — at first covertly and then more openly — even as the regime was increasingly isolated abroad.
Sensing the waning of their military rule in the late 1980s, Pinochet and his colleagues engineered a transition to civilian government intended to guarantee them a heavy hand in succeeding governments — and immunity from prosecution. 'The Judge and the General' is the unusual story of the man who challenged that immunity, Juan Guzman, a modest, conservative judge who had long been a Pinochet supporter. But he is also an idealistic man whose courage in unearthing the truth of the Pinochet years — including his own blindness to that truth — has unleashed a whirlwind of repressed emotions in Chile and written a new chapter in human rights law for Chile and the world.
'The Judge and the General' is an important and incisive update on a watershed episode of the Cold War that continues to bitterly divide Chilean society. The film was co-produced and co-directed by two veteran journalists who have reported on Chile for four decades. It features a secret army recording of communications on the day of the coup — played for Guzman by a journalist imprisoned under Pinochet — that makes it clear that General Pinochet had decided on Allende's death from the start. "If you kill the bitch, you get rid of the offspring," Pinochet snarls to his commanders. The film is also a fascinating snapshot of evolving international human rights law and its application to nations torn by war or civil disorder that are seeking both justice and reconciliation."
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