CineLatino: The Judge and the General

Directed by Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco (United States, 2008)

Part of the Fall 2008 CineLatino Series

December 1, 2008

The Judge and the General - Trailer

Event Description

Director Elizabeth Farnsworth and Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza, the legal advisor to the film, will participate in a panel moderated by Professor Eric Stover following the film.


When Chilean judge Juan Guzmán was assigned the first criminal case against the country’s ex-dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, no one expected much. After all, the conservative judge had supported Pinochet and believed the general’s version of events: that the tales of mass murder and systematic violations of human rights were mostly Communist propaganda and any excesses committed by the military were the unfortunate consequences of a dire struggle. The filmmakers trace the judge’s descent into what he calls “the abyss,” where he uncovers the past and his own role in the tragedy. 84 minutes. English and Spanish with subtitles. 


Co-sponsored with the Human Rights Center.

“See the movie if you get a chance, even just for a break from the cynicism of everyday life.” — Phil Bronstein, San Francisco Chronicle