Finding Oscar


Rafael 2Sun, Oct 9, 2016 3:00 PM Not Available
Century Larkspur 2Thu, Oct 13, 2016 5:30 PM Not Available
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Viva el Cine
Running Time:98 min.
Director:Ryan Suffern
Producer:Frank Marshall
Ryan Suffern
Screenwriter:Mark Monroe
Ryan Suffern
Cinematographer:Michael Parry
Editor:Martin Singer
Print Source:The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Note Writer:Robert Avila


In December 1982, at the height of Guatemala's long and bloody civil war (1960–1996) and only two days after President Ronald Reagan publicly defended the US-backed military regime of General Efraín Ríos Montt, all the people in the village of Dos Erres disappeared. A population of some 40 farming families, they were among tens of thousands of indigenous Mayan Guatemalans disproportionately targeted as rebel sympathizers during Ríos Montt’s short but brutal reign. Drawing powerfully on experts, eyewitnesses, and archival materials, director Ryan Suffern’s gripping account of the massacre dovetails with the subsequent investigation into the enormous population of disappeared persons by a determined group of bereaved family members and under-resourced government attorneys. The trail back to Dos Erres and the truth includes two small boys taken by soldiers and spared the massacre. One, who later fled to the US, may prove crucial to the case—if he can be located.

Guests in attendance 10/9 & 10/13: Ryan Suffern (director), Frank Marshall (producer, 10/9 only), Alex Bowen, (researcher /director’s assistant, 10/9 only)

Thanks to our Community Partner The Center for Justice and Accountability and the Latino Council and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin

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Thanks to our Community Partner The Center for Justice and Accountability

Additional Information

As head of documentaries for The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Ryan Suffern has an active role on a full slate of films.  His past projects delve into diverse issues such as climate change, the LGBT community and child refugees. He and Frank Marshall have collaborated on three commissioned documentaries for ESPN Films. Prior to his start at Kennedy/Marshall, Suffern documented the behind-the-scenes of four Steven Spielberg films.  Under his own banner, Suckatash Productions, Suffern has directed and produced projects for the likes of Paramount Pictures, Universal Music and Beggars Banquet.