Documentary film screening: "The Judge and the General" - The prosecution of Augusto Pinochet

Event

Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 312, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

(Please note the new time) Join us for a screening of The Judge and the General documentary, after which Professeur Frédéric Mégret will moderate a discussion. It is highly recommended that people who wish to attend the discussion with Justice Guzmán the following day attend this screening.

Synopsis

When in 1998 Chilean judge Juan Guzmán was assigned the first criminal cases against the country's ex-dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, no one expected much. Guzmán had supported Pinochet's 1973 coup — waged as an anti-Communist crusade — that left the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende, and thousands of others dead or "disappeared."

The filmmakers trace the judge's descent into what he calls "the abyss," where he uncovers the past — including his own role in the tragedy. The Judge and the General reveals one of the 20th century’s most notorious episodes and tells a cautionary tale about violating human rights in the name of "higher ideals."