Finding Oscar

Finding Oscar

DVD - 2017 | Spanish
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In a forgotten massacre during Guatemala's decades-long civil war, a young boy was spared, only to be raised by one of the very soldiers who killed his family. Nearly 30 years after the tragedy, it will take a dedicated team - from a forensic scientist to a young Guatemalan prosecutor - to uncover the truth and bring justice to those finding the missing boy named Oscar.
Publisher: [Brooklyn, N.Y.] : FilmRise, [2017].
Copyright Date: ©2017
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Nov 22, 2018

Heart wrenching documentary.

Sep 22, 2018

Heart wrenching documentary. Interesting connection of the story in the United States. It recalls that in January 2011 Jorge Vinicio Orantes SOSA who was an army commando in the Guatamalan Civil War of 1982, was arrested in Lethbridge and extradited to the US. He is currently serving a 10 year prison sentence.

Jul 29, 2018

Horrific, educational film focusing on the 1982 Dos Erres massacre during the "scorched earth" policy of the de facto Guatemalan government against mainly indigenous citizens (perhaps 200,00 died) during the long-standing Guatemalan "civil war." Around 200 Dos Erres villagers were ultimately killed by the Guatemalan special forces, often by smashing heads, some after torture or rape. Teenage girls were kept alive for a few days for the purpose of rape; women were made to prepare food for the soldiers after they were raped; people including small children were thrown down a well alive; etc. An inspirational part of the film is the pursuit of justice against the special forces participating in the massacre. Two of them have been apprehended as naturalized American citizens, the film showing one case where U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents tracked down and obtained a confession, leading to a 10 year sentence for naturalization fraud. Only two young male villagers survived the massacre, one being the Oscar of the title. US intelligence regarding the massacre is reviewed (US was supporting the government at the time - Reagan was President, George Schultz Secretary of State).


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