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POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS: The End of a Colombian Dream: Denying The Assassination Of Jorge Gaitana

Year: 2007, 52 mins
Code: IC-Gaitan

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On the morning of April 9 1948, despite strong social tensions, US general Marshall opens the 9th Pan-American conference in Colombia’s capital Bogota. Jorge Gaitàn, the popular opposition leader and fierce opponent to the Colombian oligarchy, is shot dead.

According to the US, he was a threat to their strategic interest in the region. But Gaitàn’s supporters will riot for two days. 5000 of them will die in the ruins of the city. Subsequently, a long civil war will start and turn into the guerrilla war we still know today.

This film is the first serious investigation into the killing and the events in the days and years that followed. A film by Maria Valencia and Michel Noll.

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