When a Chilean court assigned investigative Judge Juan Guzman the first criminal cases against former dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1998, the odds were against prosecutions ever going forward. Not only is it difficult to prove crimes like kidnapping, torture and murder against a nation's leader, but Judge Guzman supported the bloody coup that toppled Allende's government and brought the repressive General Pinochet to power.
The Judge and The General is a detective story, a tale of horror and heroism, redemption and transformation. The film follows Judge Guzman as he uncovers truths long hidden in the graves of the innocent. As he descends into what he calls "the abyss" of Pinochet's crimes, Guzman also discovers the truths of his own heart.
“THE JUDGE AND THE GENERAL...embodies a contradiction: it proves that a documentary can be heartening and dismaying at the same time.”—The New York Times
“...commanding tale about a rare triumph of human rights.”—Tamara Straus, San Francisco Chronicle
WINNER DUPONT-COLUMBIA AWARD—Excellence in Broadcast Journalism
EMMY NOMINATION—Outstanding Historical Programming
DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA (DGA) NOMINATION—Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary