Das kurze Leben des José Antonio Gutierrez

Das kurze Leben des José Antonio Gutierrez

Deutschland / Schweiz 2005/2006, Dokumentarfilm

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The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez

José Antonio Gutierrez was one of the 300,000 soldiers sent by the US Army to war in Iraq. A few hours after the war began, his picture was broadcast all over the world: he was the first American soldier to be killed in the war. He was there as a so-called green-card soldier – one of approximately 32,000 fighting in the ranks of the US Army for a foreign country.

The film tells the moving and nearly unbelievable story of a one-time street kid from Guatemala, who headed north along the Pan-American Highway – full of hopes and desires for a better future – ultimately to die an American hero far from home.

Searching for the images and stories that made up this life, we set out to retrace José Antonio’s path – from Guatemala through Mexico and into the USA.

This story is told by the people who knew José Antonio: his friends from the street, the social workers at the orphanage, his sister, his foster family, his comrades at Camp Pendleton in the United States Marines.

But the narrators of the film are also the people we encountered as we were repeating José Antonio’s odyssey from the world of the poor to the world of the rich. People who day after day join the endless stream of emigrants – with no identity, no papers – equipped with nothing but their ability to work and their willingness to turn their backs on home and family forever.

José Antonio’s story is no adventurer’s tale. It is the story of an attempt to survive – on both sides of the world.

Source: German Films Service & Marketing GmbH

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Director:Heidi Specogna
Screenplay:Heidi Specogna
Co-author:Erika Harzer
Director of photography:Rainer Hoffmann
2nd Camera unit:Thomas Keller
Camera (other):Heidi Specogna (Fotos)
Editing:Ursula Höf
Assistant editor:Lisa Friedrichsdorf
Sound:Paul Oberle
Audio mixing:Matthias Lempert
Research:Sonja Heizmann
Music:Hans Koch
Participation:Marc Montez, Patrick Atkinson, Fabian Girón, Veronica Morales, Nora Mosquera, Miguel Perez
Voice:Eva Mattes, Alexander Radszun, Peter Flechtner
Production company:Tag/Traum Film- und Videoproduktion GmbH & Co. KG (Köln), Specogna Filmproduktion (Berlin), PS Film GmbH (Zürich)
in co-production with:Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Mainz)
in association with:Arte G.E.I.E. (Straßburg), Télévision de la Suisse romande (TSR) (Genf), Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana (TSI) (Lugano)
Producer:Gerd Haag
Co-Producer:Peter Spoerri, Heidi Specogna
Producer (TV):Anne Even, Irène Challand, Luisella Realini
Line producer:Cornelia Kellers
Original distributor:Peripher Filmverleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin), Bundesamt für Kultur des Eidgenössischen Department des Innern (EDI) (Bern), UBS Kulturstiftung (CH), MIGROS Kulturprozent (Zürich)
Length:90 min
Format:DV- überspielt auf 35mm
Picture/Sound:Farbe + s/w, Ton
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 14.11.2005, 104388, ohne Altersbeschränkung / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 25.01.2006, Park City, Sundance Film Festival;
Erstaufführung (DE): 15.07.2006, München, Filmfest;
Kinostart (DE): 07.12.2006;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 05.11.2007, Arte

Titles

Originaltitel (DE CH) Das kurze Leben des José Antonio Gutierrez
Weiterer Titel (US) The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez

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Original

Length:90 min
Format:DV- überspielt auf 35mm
Picture/Sound:Farbe + s/w, Ton
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 14.11.2005, 104388, ohne Altersbeschränkung / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 25.01.2006, Park City, Sundance Film Festival;
Erstaufführung (DE): 15.07.2006, München, Filmfest;
Kinostart (DE): 07.12.2006;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 05.11.2007, Arte
 

Awards

Adolf-Grimme-Preis 2008
Adolf-Grimme-Preis
 
Filmtage Solothurn 2007
Bester Dokumentarfilm
 

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