Film Screening and Q&A—Benedicto

Open Society Justice Initiative and the Due Process of Law Foundation present a screening of Benedicto, a documentary based on the last interview given by Benedicto Lucas García before his arrest on January 6, 2016.

Lucas, brother of former dictator Romeo Lucas, led the Guatemalan military from 1978 to 1982. He was arrested in 2016 in connection with the Creompaz case for crimes committed at Military Zone 21 between 1981 and 1988, and is also accused in connection to the illegal detention, torture and sexual violence committed against Emma Guadalupe Molina Theissen and the enforced disappearance of her 14-year old brother Marco Antonio Molina Theissen, in 1981. 

This film, produced by Gutamelan media company Plaza Publica, features revealing interviews with Lucas that bring to light the contradictions inherent in the logic of the armed conflict and the army’s role in the massive human rights abuses which took place during Guatemala's conflict. 

The documentary screening will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director and a panel of experts. 


  • Alejandra Gutiérrez, film director, Plaza Pública
  • Iduvina Hernández, Seguridad en Democracia (SEDEM)
  • Marcie Mersky, director of programs, International Center for Transitional Justice
  • Leonor Arteaga, senior program officer for impunity, Due Process of Law Foundation


A reservation is required for attendance. Please RSVP by 3:00 p.m. (EDT), Friday, March 17.