Invasion | Chicago Reader


90 minutes 2014

Documentary maker Abner Benaim interviews residents of Panama City about the U.S. invasion that deposed General Manuel Noriega in December 1989. "Everyone has a truth," Benaim explains. "Even if that truth is a lie, I accept it anyway." To this end, he illustrates the testimony of some witnesses by having them reenact what they did in those chaotic days, whether they're shooting at U.S. paratroopers stuck in a mud flat, hauling a looted refrigerator down the street, or smoking crack in an ornate chair taken from Noriega's palace; he even recruits bystanders to play corpses in the street. Like Claude Lanzmann (Shoah) and Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing), Benaim forgoes any archival footage, capturing instead the texture of memory (2014). In Spanish with subtitles.

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