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DDocumentary Feature Competition

Last Chapter - Goodbye Nicaragua

Last Chapter - Goodbye Nicaragua

Original Title: Sista kapitlet - Farväl Nicaragua
Director: Peter  Torbiörnsson
Sweden | English, Spanish, Swedish
2011 | 101min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: Digital Betacam
15+
In 1984, there was an explosion during a press conference with Contra leader Edén Pastora at La Penca, a guerrilla outpost on the Nicaragua-Costa Rica frontier. Seven people died and nearly two dozen were wounded. One of the survivors was Swedish journalist Peter Torbiörnsson. Some time before the attack, Torbiörnsson had agreed to assist a Danish cameraman and bring him to the press conference. Unbeknownst to Torbiörnsson, the Dane was carrying a bomb in his camera case.

Torbiörnsson’s sense of guilt turned his life into a nightmare after that day. Could he have prevented the bombing? Was he responsible for the people who were killed? These questions have haunted him ever since. Tormented by the idea that he was taken advantage of, he finally breaks his silence and travels back to Nicaragua 25 years after the attack to uncover the truth behind it.

Alongside Torbiörnsson’s personal quest for redemption, Last Chapter –Goodbye Nicaragua portrays the turbulent history of a region shaken by a series of revolutions and wars through invaluable footage from the ’80s, while evincing a touching picture of the largely impoverished Nicaragua that exists today. As Torbiörnsson investigates the facts during several trips to Nicaragua, France and Cuba, his reflection on a guilty conscience and his sense of professional ethics begin to crystallize. Through a series of thrilling confessions, he puts his journalistic integrity, his revolutionary beliefs and his courage to the test.

–Özge Calafato

Contains: Violence

Director,  Peter  Torbiörnsson

Director,  Peter  Torbiörnsson

Peter Torbiörnsson is from Sweden. Since 1979 he has produced more than 20 documentaries from Latin America, Africa, Bosnia and Sweden. He has also worked as a journalist and correspondent for Swedish newspapers, radio and television. His highly acclaimed series of films about a family in the Nicaraguan village of San Fernando includes The Border (1985), The Ceasefire (1988) and The Lovers of San Fernando (2001). His other films include The Last Lacandones (2005).

Cast and Crew

Director
Peter Torbiörnsson
Co-Production Company
Sveriges Television AB, TV3 Televisió Catlunya, Estudi Playtime
Production Company
Eden Film AB
Music
Jon Rekdal
Producer
Staffan Julén
Executive Producer
Marta Andreu, Ángeles Vaca, Joan Salvat, Muntsa Tarrés
Screenwriter
Peter Torbiörnsson
Editor
Göran Gester
Cinematographer
Iván Blanco, Jan Van Bilsen, Ernesto Piñero Breto, Frank Pineda, Peter Torbiörnsson, Alberto Herskovits, Göran Gester, Staffan Julén
Sound
Alejandro Castillo
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