I Will Be Murdered (2013)

I Will Be Murdered (2013)
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  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release year: 2013 ()
  • Running time: 85 min
  • Original Title: I Will Be Murdered
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Rodrigo Rosenberg, a well-to-do lawyer from Guatemala's elite, went out cycling one Sunday morning and was found dead hours later, shot to death by hit men. Days before he had recorded a video foretelling his own murder at the hands of the country's president, a film that quickly went viral and led to a national crisis. "Guatemalans, now is the time," had said Rosenberg in the recording, rallying massive demonstrations and protests in favor of justice and against then president álvaro Colom even after his funeral. With streets and squares filled with banners calling for his resignation, Colom called in help from the UN-formed commission against impunity, the CICIG, and high-profile Spanish attorney Carlos Castresana. The investigation of the Rosenberg case proved a complicated affair in one of the most violent places in the world, where drive-by shootings, kidnappings, and impunity have been the norm, unremitting shock waves following the bloody civil war that ravaged Guatemala 13 ...

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  • I Will Be Murdered proves the truth is often stranger than fiction. Like really, really stranger. by 9

    In 2009 Guatemalan lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg was shot to death with out for a Sunday morning bike ride. Rosenberg may have been chalked up as yet another victim of Guatemalan violence and extraordinary murder rates – until his friend stood up at his funeral and announced that anyone who wanted to know what really happened to Rosenberg should watch a DVD being proferred. In his video testimonial, Rosenberg utters the chillingly phrase, "If you are watching this, sadly I have been murdered." Then he goes a step further and names his killer – Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom.

    The truth is sometimes really stranger than fiction and director Justin Webster's I Will Be Murdered bears this out. Through a combination of interviews with friends, family, and investigators and closed circuit surveillance footage, Webster manages to tease out the true story of Rosenberg's death. It's a tale with many twists and turns, that manages to be both confusing and illuminating. It's hard to imagine proving that the president of any country, even one so violent and corrupt as Guatemala is guilty of hiring hit men to kill trouble makers, but – without giving to much away – I promise you it's harder still to imagine the truth behind the murder of Rodrigo Rosenberg and his beyond-the- grave testimony.

    Again, I've no desire to spoil. I Will Be Murdered is a Hot Docs must see. Period.

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1Rodrigo Rosenbergarchive_footage
2Otto Pérez Molinaarchive_footage
3Lucas Gathcinematographer
4Camilo Sanabriacomposer
5Justin Websterdirector
6Simón Hernándezeditor
7Sumpta Ayusoproducer
8Carlos del Valleproducer
9Eduardo Rosenbergself
10Claudia Méndezself