Hidden in Plain Sight | Chicago Reader

Hidden in Plain Sight

This 2002 video exposé of the notorious School of the Americas isn't the most artful documentary ever made, but the disturbing subject matter trumps considerations of finesse. For over 50 years the SOA has served as a graduate school for the armies of Latin American governments, a place where soldiers acquire advanced military and interrogation skills courtesy of the U.S. government (officially closed at the end of 2001, it has since reopened under a new name, the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation). Director John Smihula sifts through the graduate roster (which includes Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and Salvadoran death squad leader Roberto D'Aubuisson) and documents American complicity in the widespread torture and murder of innocent civilians. 72 min.


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