Hidden in Plain Sight
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An insightful examination of the controversial School of the Americas, director John Smihula's Hidden in Plain Sight offers a rare look inside the U.S.-based military training school where such notorious figures as Manuel Noriega learned their trade. Over the course of its history, the Fort Benning, GA, school for Latin soldiers has provided training for more than 60,000 military personnel. Hidden in Plain Sight is narrated by actor and political activist Martin Sheen. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"Anti-Army propaganda rather than a balanced piece of reporting."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"A worthy title for cable nets scheduling hard-hitting documentary fare."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"The evidence [Smihula's] well-researched documentary presents -- including on-camera horror stories told by those who claim personal victimization by SOA graduates -- is, to say the least, troubling."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"[Hidden in Plain Sight] brings together material from several politically engaged films about the government's activity in Latin America, creating a sort of anthology of atrocity."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"Won't sway anyone on the right, and for those on the left, in its narrow aim of tripping up General LeMoyne and his ilk, it is frustratingly naive."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Hidden in Plain Sight is a hard-hitting documentary about the U.S. Army's School of the Americas."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Compelling."
‑ Joshua Land, Village Voice
"An informative and necessary political documentary."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"If you're one of those Americans who can't find enough reasons to be pissed off at our government, here's another one for ya."
‑ Eric Campos, Film Threat
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