“Finding Oscar” – Director Ryan Suffern

April 14, 2017

Director Ryan Suffern speaks candidly with Monica about his journey into filmmaking and working with legendary Steven Spielberg. Listen to his inspirational story.

AWARD WINNING “FINDING OSCAR” UNCOVERS HARROWING MYSTERY OF GUATEMALAN CIVIL WAR AND MASSACRE

In October of 1982, amid Guatemala’s 30-year civil war, guerillas in the north ambush a convoy of Guatemalan soldiers, making off with roughly 20 rifles. This is seen as a humiliating defeat for the military, and in retaliation, two dozen army commandos — an elite squad known as Kaibiles, many of whom were trained by U.S. forces — dress up as guerilla soldiers and invade the jungle hamlet of Dos Erres. The attack takes place two days after President Reagan endorses Guatemalan general Ríos Montt. The Kaibiles kill everyone in their wake, dumping bodies of over 200 victims, the majority of whom were women and children, into the village well. A search reveals no weapons, including the missing rifles, are not found in Dos Erres.

Finding Oscar follows the stories of two little boys, Oscar and Ramiro, who were abducted during the genocide in Dos Erres and raised by the very soldiers who murdered their families. These boys offer the only living evidence that ties the Guatemalan government and the Kaibiles to the massacre. Documentarian Ryan Suffern follows the men and women who have spent nearly three decades looking for answers — from the human-rights worker Aura Elena Fárfan, who was the first to hear the story of Dos Erres, to the forensic anthropologist Fredy Peccerelli, who works relentlessly to identify victims and contact their families in search for justice. Finding Oscar tracks the dangerous journey of the rookie Guatemalan prosecutor Sara Romero, who took on her own government, and the U.S. immigration agents who followed the trail of evidence and began rounding up the war criminals they found living in the states. In a country built on impunity, this dedicated team continues to seek justice to this day, uncovering truths more significant than anyone could have imagined.

Finding Oscar is directed and produced by Ryan Suffern, with Frank Marshall (The Color Purple, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Sully, The BFG) as producer and Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer.
FINDING OSCAR opens in theaters as follows:

NEW YORK – APRIL 14

LOS ANGELES – APRIL 21

SAN FRANCISCO – APRIL 28

And Other Cities After
FINDING OSCAR opens in the following Los Angeles/Southern California theaters on April 21, 2017

Laemmle’s Monica Film Center – Santa Monica, CA

Laemmle’s Playhouse Pasadena – Pasadena, CA

Regal University Town Center 6 – Irvine, CA

Laemmle’s Claremont 5 – (April 22-23 ONLY) – Claremont, CA

AWARD WINNING “FINDING OSCAR” UNCOVERS HARROWING MYSTERY OF GUATEMALAN CIVIL WAR AND MASSACRE

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