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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Powerful people in government, politics, law enforcement, and business can abuse their power if unchecked. The larger question raised is how democratic governments prevent corruption and abuse of power. "Power is having impunity."
Positive Role Models
Numerous journalists, attorneys, and politicians worked to investigate a murder and bring the perpetrators to justice.
This Argentine story is set in Argentina and features Argentine people.
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Violence & Scariness
All violence is off-screen. A journalist is murdered by powerful people he and his colleagues worked to expose. His torture and shooting are described. A man shoots himself.
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"Damn" and "bitch."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar is a 2022 documentary that tells the story of corruption at the highest levels of government, politics, law enforcement, and business in Argentina in the 1990s. The filmmakers graphically describe the torture and murder of a news photographer who had helped expose the lawlessness of a privileged few. This film will likely appeal only to older teens. Language includes "damn" and "bitch." In Spanish with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This documentary is unlikely to interest most teens. At 106 minutes, The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar feels like a comprehensive and well-informed assembly of facts and relevant parties regarding this tale of real-life corruption in a country with a repressive and violent political past. (That history is well told in the film The Official Story.) In principle, teens may become better citizens from watching documentaries about the conflicts in foreign lands, but the execution of the film may not entrance young viewers. In its adherence to stodgy and predictable documentary reliables -- talking heads and less than pertinent visuals -- the true drama and import of this story feel diluted. Worse yet, once the corruption and conspiracy are made plain, there isn't much to keep an audience that isn't already steeped in Argentine politics rapt. In the end, this piece seems both important and dull at the same time.
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