POV: What has happened in the life of Judge Guzmán since filming ended on The Judge and the General?
Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco: Judge Guzmán retired in 2005 and is now director of the Center for the Study of Human Rights, which he founded at the Central University of Chile.
POV: Do you have an update on the number of indictments and convictions in the human rights abuse cases in Chile?
Elizabeth and Patricio: As the very end of the film reveals, at the time of Augusto Pinochet’s death in December 2006, 497 agents of his government were indicted, and 36 convicted and imprisoned. In the year following that, there were more than 200 indictments. The trials continue in Chile.
POV: Have you screened The Judge and the General in Chile?
Elizabeth and Patricio: The film opens at the Santiago Film
Festival on August 23, 2008, and will screen at the festival on the 24th as well.
POV: What kind of reactions have you gotten from audience members at screenings of the film?
Elizabeth and Patricio: We have now screened in several different cities: San Francisco (the San Francisco International Film Festival), Minneapolis (the Walker Art Center),
Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York (Lincoln Center). Audience reactions have been great — they have been very moved. Judge Guzmán has been present at several of these screenings, and the audience usually gives him a standing ovation.