Season 2008 Episode 0819

The Judge and the General

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Aug 19, 2008 on PBS
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The Judge and the General
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 Guzmán 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.moreless

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