American/SandinistaAmerican Sandinista
Jason Blalock
USA, Documentary, 2008
30 min, DVCam, Color and Black & White
English and Spanish with English subtitles

In the 1980s, at the height of the Cold War, a bloody civil war between the Soviet-friendly Sandinistas and U.S.-backed Contras ravaged Nicaragua. Despite the danger, thousands of Americans disobeyed White House warnings and descended upon the Central American nation, determined to lend their skills and labor to the social-democratic Sandinista cause. Using an eclectic mixture of rare archival footage, arresting still photography, and contemporary interviews, American/Sandinista tells the story of a small group of controversial U.S. engineers who partnered with local communities and went further than anyone expected, risking their lives in the process.


Mature audiences

Regal Metropolitan, Saturday April 25, 4 PM [Documentary Short Showcase]