Impugning Impunity: ALBA and Human Rights organizations honor Garzón with NY film festival

September 18, 2011

Five major new documentaries on historical memory and transitional justice in Spain, Latin America, and Africa! That is how, this November 3-5, ALBA, the Puffin Foundation, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the North American Congress for Latin America, and several other human rights organizations are honoring the work of Judge Baltasar Garzón, this year’s recipient of the First ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism. At least three of the teams of filmmakers will be present to answer questions from the audience at the Museum of the City of New York. For tickets click here; for programming info see here. The documentaries include:

Trisha Ziff’s Mexican Suitcase (2011), which explores the significance for Spanish and Mexican historical memory of the miraculously recovered 4,500 negatives of Spanish Civil War photographs by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and David “Chim” Seymour;

Pamela Yates’ Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2011), whose five main characters whose destinies are connected by the Guatemala of 1982, then engulfed in a war where a genocidal “scorched earth” campaign by the military exterminated nearly 200,000 Maya people. Now they become integral to the overarching narrative of wrongs done and justice sought that they have pieced together, each adding their tiny grain of sand, to the epic tale–a narrative that could unlock the past and settle matters of life and death in the present;

Impunity (2011), by Hollman Morris and Juan José Lozano, which investigates the sudden interruption to “peace and justice” process in Colombia due to the political and economic interests of the paramilitary war;

Prosecutor (2011), by Barry Stevens, a gripping profile of Luis Moreno Ocampo, chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague; and

Nostalgia for the Light (2010), in which director Patricio Guzmán travels to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, where the sky is so translucent that it allows astronomers to see right to the boundaries of the universe, and where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: those of Pre-Columbian mummies; 19th century explorers and miners; and the remains of political prisoners, “disappeared” by the Chilean army after the military coup of September 11, 1973.


2 Responses to “ Impugning Impunity: ALBA and Human Rights organizations honor Garzón with NY film festival ”

  1. Madovi on October 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Aunque no conozco el texto completo no creo que sea objetivo el estudio sobre la evolucion de la Justicia española ,ni sobre la autentica biografia del Juez Garzón,hoy suspendido de empleo y sueldo y procesado ante el Tribunal Supremo de Justicia.En realidad Garzón fue un Juez “estrella”,ávido de protagonismo,pero en la realidad fue un mal Instructor y a veces ha rondado la prevaricacion con sus resoluciones,hoy enjuiciadas..

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