Cárcel de Arboles (Prison of Trees)


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SAWYER SEMINARS icon-01Sawyer Seminars: Documentary Media and Historical Transformations

Cárcel de Arboles (Prison of Trees)

  • 2016
  • Directed By: Guillermo Escalón and Rodrigo Rey Rosa
  • Documentary
  • 80 Minutes
  1. Friday, October 27, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film Carcel de Arboles

Director Guillermo Escalón is scheduled to be present.

The film will be preceded by a 15-minute presentation/introduction by Director Guillermo Escalón.

Chained and tortured, dozens of youths from America and prominent Guatemalan families were held captive in the depths of the Guatemalan jungle in the 1970s and 1980s. With the complicity of the military high command that governed Guatemala at the time, they were brainwashed to worship Dave Burden, a quack American therapist, who carries out his dark project involving addicted and mentally ill youth. The film’s title comes from the novel by Rodrigo Rey Rosa, in which he narrates events similar to the ones that took place in the jungle prison many years before they became public knowledge. In Spanish with English subtitles. (2K DCP Presentation)