Directed by Patricio Guzmán • Documentary • 2001 • 109 minutes
Augusto Pinochet, the general who overthrew President Salvador Allende of Chile in 1973, was the first dictator in Latin America—or the world—to be humbled by the international justice system since the Nuremberg trials.
THE PINOCHET CASE explores how a small group of people in Madrid laid the groundwork for this incredible feat—catching a dictator 25 years after his rise to power.
"Eloquent, meticulously structured. A gripping step-by-step account of the case. Sober political and legal analysis alternates with grim first-hand accounts of torture and murder in a film that has the structure of a choral symphony that swells to a bittersweet finale. A beautifully layered mosaic that is all the more powerful for never raising its voice to a shout."—New York Times
"Rarely has law been as riveting as in this film."—Documentary Magazine