Film night – American / Sandinista

Film screenings

This is not an NLE event

Date(s) - 18 Feb 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tollcross Community Centre, Edinburgh (map below)

Event details

We will be screening the film American / Sandinista, about Ben Linder, a young engineer who travelled to Nicaragua in the 1980s to help the revolution, and became the only American citizen to be killed by the U.S.-backed Contras.

“In the 1980s, at the height of the Cold War, a bloody civil war between the socialist-influenced Sandinistas and U.S.- backed Contras ravaged Nicaragua. Despite the danger, thousands of Americans disobeyed White House warnings and descended upon the Central American nation, determined to lend their skills and labor to the revolutionary Sandinista cause.

Using an eclectic mixture of rare archival footage, arresting still photography, and contemporary interviews, American/Sandinista tells the story of a small group of controversial U.S. engineers who went further than anyone expected, and paid the ultimate price.”

2008. In Spanish with English subtitles, and English. Running time 30 mins.


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