Return To El Salvador (2010)
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Critic Reviews for Return To El Salvador
Return to El Salvador misses its mark by constantly straying from the story described in its title.
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While the tone of Return to El Salvador is cautiously optimistic and generally even-handed, there's no escaping the lump of outrage at its center
Audience Reviews for Return To El Salvador
Filmmaker Jamie Moffett was in Kansas City to screen and discuss the film at Screenland Crossroads on August 1. The film is a riveting retelling of death squad crimes, but leads to a hopeful outlook for present-day Salvadoran society and challenges US audiences to keep El Salvador in their sights. The film explores a first-hand recollection of the years when El Salvador was inflicted with US- trained death squads leading to the deaths of 70,000 civilians between 1980 and 1992. "Return to El Salvador" follows the lives of two families -- one where a union leader was threatened by security forces and another with a former FMLN militant. The well-organized and flawlessly- produced film steps through the history of El Salvador from the days of the 1992 peace accords, back through years describing large landowners domination of the economy, forward through 15 years of horrendous death squad crimes committed against teachers, union organizers, and peasants by US-trained military forces, and to present-day with the victory of the FMLN presidential candidate Mauricio Funes.
Jamie Moffett in his film, "Return to El Salvador' has documented a very difficult event in the lives of the Salvadoran people, in particular those who are fighting to save their village, and their lifestyle even if it costs their lives. The impact on Jamie personally as well as professionally comes across. He reports the information yet there is more. He provides an opportunity to move beyond simply watching a film, beyond feeling compassion for those effected. He raises a standard, a banner of hope for all to see. Some will catch a glimmer, some will walk with him for awhile. Others will join in the battle. Which are you?
I loved this movie, it taught me a lot about how our country has effected El Salvador. It's a beautifully made documentary.
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