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  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region Free (info)
  • Haskell Wexler's first work as a director since 1968's MEDIUM COOL, LATINO targets a time and place of political upheaval. In this instance the time and place is the Nicaragua of the early 1980s, with the Sandinista rebels taking control of the government after the departure of Anastasio Somoza. The U.S. conducts a number of legal and illegal operations in the country, including large-scale backing of the insurgent Contras forces. This includes sending trainers, among whom are former Green Beret officers Eddie (Robert Beltran) and Ruben (Tony Plana). While there, Eddie becomes romantically involved with Marlene, a former expatriate who's committed to the Sandinista cause. Eddie has an opportunity to observe the forces he's supposedly training commit outrages against women and children while he becomes aware that the government the U.S. is trying to depose is dedicated to the welfare of its people. Wexler, one of the film medium's foremost cinematographers, reveals a unique ability to write and direct dramatic material as well as to once again show off his visual style, this time with impressively burnished jungle photography.
  • Credits
    Robert Beltran, Tony Plana
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A nobly conceived on-the-scene look at the battle between the Sandinistas and the U.S.-backed Contras in Nicaragua..."

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