Invasión

Documental by Abner Benaim, coproduction with Apertura Films (Panamá). Selected for representing Panamá at the Oscars 2014.

Awards

  • Award for Best Documentary and Best Central American and Caribbean Film at IFF Panamá 2014.
  • World premiere at IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
  • Oficial selection of SXSW South by Southwest, Austin, EE. UU
  • 32° MIFF Miami International Film Festival, EEUU
  • 55° Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival, Colombia
  • 3° Barranquilla International Film Festival, Colombia
  • 18° International Film Festival of Malaga, Spain.
  •  Ecuador’s International Documentary Film Festival (EDOC)
  •  International Political Film Festival, Argentina
  • 11º International Biografilm Festival, Italy

Crew

Director: ABNER BENAIM
Co-producer: ALEJANDRO ISRAEL
Executive Producer: ALEJANDRO ISRAEL, GEMA JUÁREZ ALLEN
Cinematographer: GUIDO DE PAULA
Camera: MAURO COLOMBO
Direct Sound: MANUEL DE ANDRÉS
Edición: ANDRÉS TAMBORNINO
Sound Designer LENA ESQUENAZI
Empresas Productoras: Apertura Films (Panamá) en co-producción con Ajimolido Films (Argentina)

Invasion does justice to the memory of a wide spectrum of people about an event that, for various reasons, has been collectively hidden under the carpet in Panama”

The Hollywood Reporter.

Synopsis

“Everyone has their own version of the invasion.” That is film director Abner Benaim’s point of departure, because ultimately everyone has their own subjective memory of the events that took place in Panama between Christmas and New Year of 1989 – when American troops deposed dictator Manuel Noriega, killing an unknown number of civilians in the process. Invasion is Benaim’s attempt at a collective reconstruction. Instead of hashing out historical facts, he gives credence to Panama’s voxpopuli. Although the exact death toll remains unknown, witnesses describe streets strewn with the bodies of civilians. Benaim reenacts these memories on location, knowing full well that even if the accuracy of what he’s filming is questionable, the pain it expresses is quite true. Panamanians from all walks of life hammer out their doubts and certitudes of what happened: did the “gringos” bring democracy or destruction? Was Noriega a victim or a villain? Was he an anti-Imperialist or a CIA accomplice gone rogue? Was it about drug trafficking or arms dealing, or perhaps neither? Or does it really just boil down to the fact that the U.S. wasn’t ready to relinquish control of the Panama Canal? These questions, many of which go intentionally unanswered, constitute the first Panamanian attempt to reconcile with a national trauma that many Panamanians have been all too eager to forget.

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