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I Will Be Murdered: Untangling the conspiracy behind a Guatemalan lawyer's death

2 out of 4 stars

Title
I Will Be Murdered
Directed by
Justin Webster
Genre
Documentary
Classification
18A
Country
U.K./Spain/U.S.
Language
English/Spanish
Year
2013

In 2009, Guatemalan lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg was shot down during a Sunday morning bike ride. A few days later, a video surfaced in which Rosenberg calmly announces if he has been killed, president Alvaro Colom is to blame, part of a government conspiracy to hide money laundering. In a nation where hit men operate with impunity, the video went viral and Colom faced demonstrations calling for his resignation. But an investigation eventually found a very different conspiracy behind Rosenberg's death. Director Justin Webster tells a tortuous tale as compelling as any thriller but lacking the space to tie up loose ends and provide context, while also resorting to some cheesy restaging. It's a remarkable story that leaves the viewer wondering what is not being said.

May 1, 3:30 p.m., May 4, 8 p.m., and May 5, 9 p.m., Lightbox.

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Kate Taylor is lead film critic at the Globe and Mail and a columnist in the arts section. More

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