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Tuesday, March 17
2:45PM - 4:18PM

George Bush (father) wanted General Noriega, an ex CIA friend turned rogue, out of power. The Panama Canal, a strategic asset for the U.S. seemed to be at risk. In December 1989, Panama’s tropical backdrop became a testing ground for new weapons, as 30,000 US troops went for overkill.

This film focuses on characters whose lives were deeply shaken by the invasion: civilians, military personnel, politicians, and many others, from the regular person in the street, to former General Noriega himself.

The collective memory of the U.S invasion of Panama serves to explore how a people recall, transform, and often forget their past in order re-define their identity and become who they are today.

Section: SXGlobal
Country: Panama
Language: Spanish
Year: 2014
Runtime: 93min

Director: Abner Benaim

Executive Producer: Gema Juarez Allen, Alejandro Israel

Producer: Abner Benaim, Alejandro Israel

Screenwriter: Abner Benaim

Cinematographer: Guido de Paula

Editor: Andrés Tambornino

Sound Designer: Lena Esquenazi

Music: Ulises Conti

Additional Credits: Cameraman: Mauro Colombo, Sound Recordist: Manuel de Andres

Principal Cast: Ruben Blades, Roberto "Hands of Stone" Duran, Manuel Antonio Noriega


Abner Benaim was born in 1971 in Panama. He studied international Relations at the University of Pennsylvania and cinema at Tel Aviv’s Camera Obscura. He then founded his production company, Apertura Films in Panama. His most recent films Chance, Maids and Bosses and Invasion have won great public and critical acclaim.

Sales Agent: Philippa Kowarsky/ CINEPHIL

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