DDocumentary Feature Competition
Last Chapter - Goodbye Nicaragua
Last Chapter - Goodbye NicaraguaOriginal Title: Sista kapitlet - Farväl Nicaragua
Director: Peter Torbiörnsson
Sweden | English, Spanish, Swedish
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: Digital Betacam
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.