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Raoul Léger, the Elusive Truth ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB520584
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Jacques Turgeon
Directors:  Renée Blanchar
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Global Studies, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Media and Communications, Politics, Religious Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2002
Running Time:  70m
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Summer 2001, Andréa and Cléola Léger travel to Guatemala seeking traces of their brother Raoul, a Canadian lay missionary murdered in 1981 by the Guatemalan army. There they discover the warmth and the misery of a people still haunted by the horrors of a 35-year-long civil war. Overcome by the moving testimony of those close to Raoul, his sisters seek to learn the exact circumstances of his assassination--and they begin to appreciate the depth of his commitment to revolution. The truth remains complex and elusive, however, as they encounter contradictory stories, political imbroglios and military plots. This documentary shows that only one thing is certain: Raoul Léger was completely committed to the cause of the Mayas.

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