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Short Life of Jose Antonio Guiterrez

Short Life of Jose Antonio Guiterrez (2007)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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José Antonio Gutierrez was one of the 300,000 soldiers sent by US Army to war in Iraq. A few hours after the war began, his picture was broadcast all over the world: he was the first American soldier to be killed in the war. He was there as a so-called 'green-card soldier' - one of approximately 32,000, fighting in the ranks of the US Army for a foreign country.The film tells the moving and nearly unbelievable story of a one-time street kid from Guatemala, who headed north along the Pan-American

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While never letting its tone of studious but stewing detachment slip, the movie quietly builds a truly enraging case for a certain form of systematic official cynicism.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The link between the illegal immigrant problems in the United States and the war in Iraq is explored in the moving documentary The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Mournful and engrossing.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Although Ms. Specogna's film fleshes out his life to the extent that it can, the portrait remains frustratingly incomplete. But given its larger subject - a young life trampled beneath history's forward march - this seems entirely fitting.

April 30, 2007
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Now, more than ever, it should be seen here in the U.S. for its ironies, both implicit and explicit.

April 25, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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With only a few letters and family photos, director Heidi Specogna never brings her subject to life.

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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With honesty and respect, Heidi Specogna has made neither a shallow tribute nor a polemic. She's made a great film about America.

June 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez is a film with a moral and political message about immigration and the people who are used as cannon fodder by the United States.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Dispels any remaining myth about the "compassionate" side of that supposed compassionate conservative, George W. Bush.

May 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's impossible not to think of the many other 'green-card soldiers' -- desperate Latin Americans offered breaks on permanent resident status in exchange for military enlistment -- who've paid the highest price for a shot at a better life.

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
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The life and death of the first American soldier killed in Iraq complicates the ongoing debate on illegal immigration.

April 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The Short Life... is one of those docs that takes the life of an individual and surrounds it with other people's stories that are just as absorbing.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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