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FINDING OSCAR is a feature length documentary about the search for justice in the devastating case of the Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala. That search leads to the trail of two little boys ... See full summary »

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Ryan Suffern

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Mark Monroe (co-writer), Ryan Suffern (co-writer)
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Credited cast:
Kate Doyle Kate Doyle ... Herself
Scott Greathead Scott Greathead ... Himself
Fredy Peccerelli Fredy Peccerelli ... Himself
Sebastian Rotella Sebastian Rotella ... Himself
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FINDING OSCAR is a feature length documentary about the search for justice in the devastating case of the Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala. That search leads to the trail of two little boys who were plucked from a nightmare and offer the only living evidence that ties the Guatemalan government to the massacre.

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Canada | Guatemala | USA

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English | Spanish

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14 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Guatemala

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$2,365, 14 April 2017, Limited Release

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$21,246, 5 May 2017
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The Flowers of Guatemala
Written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills (as Michael Mills) and Michael Stipe
Performed by Peter Buck, John Stirratt, Scott McCaughey, Joe Adamik, Paul Pilot and Phil Wilkinson
Published by Songs of Universal Inc. on behalf of Night Garden Music
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Horror of the Dos Erres massacre, but don't blame it on Reagan
24 June 2018 | by jimlacy2003See all my reviews

Interesting and well done documentary about the "Dos Erres massacre". Apparently one of several massacres and atrocities committed in Guatemala in the late 70's to the early 80's. Story of yet another genocide in modern times. In this case the Mayan people were deemed subhuman by some of the Guatemalan government and military.

One thing not touched upon much in the movie that I found out from other sources was the sheer barbarity of the incident, comparable to the Asian and Jewish Holocausts.

One thing though that put me off about the documentary was blaming the USA. In particular blaming President Reagan. After all he was instrumental in bring down the Berlin wall and helping what was once the USSR become a democracy. We can't get his side of the story now, and it appears there was no effort to interview anyone from his administration or otherwise get a reasonable view of his policy and dealings with Guatemala. Maybe he was fooled as everyone else was. Furthermore how much can the USA (and the president) fix with all the many problems going on at the time? And for that matter what is blindly overlooked here in the equation is why is it and how was it the job of the USA to fix the world to begin with?

Pretty leftist slants. I doubt if there was a left/democrat administration at the time the president would have never been mentioned in it.

Anyhow despite the blame thing, it was a decent educational documentary.


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