Sun, Oct. 4
West Coast Premiere
Rate: 13 yrs. +
Directed by Abner Benaim
Documentary History, Politics
Country: Panama, Argentina
Running Time: 93’
Spanish w/ English subtitles
is a documentary about the collective memory of a country. The invasion of Panama by the U.S in 1989 serves as an excuse to explore how a people remember, transform, and often forget their past in order re-define their identity and become who they are today. Invasión
documents the collective memory and willful amnesia of Panamanian filmmaker Abner Benaim's fellow countrymen, utilizing a combination of reenactments and interviews of the 1989 US Invasion. The people's lives were deeply shaken by the invasion: Defense forces who fought symbolic battles, politicians who justify their actions, friends of the church, from civilians to former General Noriega. Invasión
is a platform to talk about the perils of sovereignty, democracy and endangered virtues of today's ultra-capitalist world. Invasión
not only explores the mechanisms in which memory is turned into history, but holds a mirror to the present to show how our recent past shapes new Panama.
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