Wednesday, August 20, 2008

"I Would Say It Opened the Eyes of My Soul."

Judge Juan Guzman was transformed by the journey he took as the investigator of Chilean dictator Pinochet, whose regime tortured and murdered thousands of innocent citizens. A conservative, he initially disbelieved reports that the government was deliberately disappearing students, union leaders and dissidents. This documentary by Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco shows us how Guzman changed, and how he helped his country towards healing. It also reminds us--again, again--that the U.S. has a long history of participation in torture and in the deliberate suppression of human rights. To many in the world, our current atrocities in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, are no surprise. In the U.S., a press controlled by corporations that profit from U.S. imperialism-- and a group of politicians who also gain thereby-- exploit our pride, our fear of our ugliness to keep the horror of what we are responsible for at a distance.

Take a look at this documentary on PBS. Think of the past and of the present.

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