The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez

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The story of the first American soldier to be killed in the Iraqi war sets the stage for a studied exploration of just what it means to be an emigrant in search of the American dream in director Heidi Specogna's look at the life of slain soldier José Antonio Gutierrez. When his face made the nightly news, Gutierrez was mourned as an ambitious Guatemalan boy who dreamt of growing up to be an American and fighting for the freedom that America represented to him. As filmmaker Specogna comes into possession of two ...
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The story of the first American soldier to be killed in the Iraqi war sets the stage for a studied exploration of just what it means to be an emigrant in search of the American dream in director Heidi Specogna's look at the life of slain soldier José Antonio Gutierrez. When his face made the nightly news, Gutierrez was mourned as an ambitious Guatemalan boy who dreamt of growing up to be an American and fighting for the freedom that America represented to him. As filmmaker Specogna comes into possession of two photographs of Gutierrez -- one as a young orphan and another as a grown soldier -- she speaks with the people who knew him best in hopes of getting the true story of his short and tragic life. The result is a revealing look at the harsh socioeconomic conditions that drive desperate individuals such as Gutierrez to brave the treacherous journey to America in hopes of building a better life for the ones they love.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • UPC: 692074004109
  • Original Release: 2006
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  • Source: ATOPIA
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, Deutsche
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Atkinson Participant
Fabian Giron Participant
Veronica Morales Participant
Engracia Gutierrez Participant
Wendy Perlera Participant
Nora Mosquera Participant
David Gonzalez Participant
Marc Montez Participant
Miguel Perez Participant
Peter Flechtner Voice Only
Eva Mattes Voice Only
Ciara Pantney Voice Only
Alexander Radszun Voice Only
Technical Credits
Heidi Specogna Director, Co-producer, Screenwriter
Gerd Haag Executive Producer
Erika Harzer Screenwriter
Ursula Hof Editor
Rainer Hoffmann Cinematographer
Hans Georg Koch Score Composer
Paul Oberle Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Spoerri Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez
1. Arlington Beach: Opening Credits [2:46]
2. Recognition of the Sacrifice: Media Reports [1:29]
3. Guatemala Highlands [6:10]
4. Casa Alianza: Home for Street Children [5:46]
5. "God Is Here..." [7:29]
6. A New Situation [5:34]
7. Dear Sister [8:42]
8. House of Migrants [8:56]
9. Trains in the Night [2:30]
10. Hospice Christimas [16:05]
11. Green Card Soldiers [4:18]
12. Camp Pendleton [5:19]
13. Depolyment [6:44]
14. "We Have One of You Guys in There..." [5:42]
15. End of the Journey [1:02]
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Disc #1 -- The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Languages
      English Narration
         Subtitles for the English Narration: English
         Subtitles for the English Narration: Spanish
         Subtitles for the English Narration: French
      Original German Narration
         Subtitles for the German Narration: English
         Subtitles for the German Narration: Spanish
         Subtitles for the German Narration: French
         Subtitles for the German Narration: German
   Bonus
      Interview With Heidi Specogna
      Theatrical Trailer
      Early Trailer
      Other Atopia Trailers
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         Missing Victor Pellerin
         Antlers
         Imitation
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