La isla - Archive einer Tragödie
La isla - Archives of a Tragedy

Uli Stelzner

Germany/Guatemala, Human Rights Documentary, 2010
85 min, HDV, Color/Black & White
Spanish with English subtitles


At the end of the 20th century, members of the Guatemalan police and armed forces killed and abducted thousands of people. However this unprecedented, modern genocide goes unpunished. To this day, a system of terror and impunity relies on silence and a lack of evidence. But in July 2005 an explosion in the Guatemalan capital led to the discovery of the archive of Guatemala's National Police. "The Island," as it was known then, was the secret prison of the notorious national police squads. Millions of documents were uncovered that helped trace a story of tragedy and inconceivable atrocities, and revealed that a young generation of archive workers was willing to free their country from the suffocating grip of its own history.


Regional Premiere


Uli_Stelzner_webBorn in 1961 in Germany, Uli Stelzner is an author, director and producer living and working in Berlin and Central America. He is also co-founder of the independent media group ISKA, as well as director of the Human Rights Festival in Guatemala.





Producer: Uli Stelzner, Elke Benz, Zoran Solomun, Gabriela Melendez
Production Companies: Iskacine, Ohne Gepaeck Filmproduktion, Asociación Luciérnaga
Screenwriter: Uli Stelzner
Cinematographer: Guillermo Escalon
Editor: Alina Teodorescu
Sound Design: Eduardo Cáceres
Music: Nim Alae, Paulo Alvarado
Print Source: Ohne Gepaeck Filmproduktion, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


La isla - Archive einer Tragödie


Mexican American Cultural Center
Thur. April 28 3:00 PM