Short Life of Jose Antonio Guiterrez
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Short Life of Jose Antonio Guiterrez
José Antonio Gutierrez was one of the 300,000 soldiers sent by US Army to war in Iraq. A few hours after the war began, his picture was broadcast all over the world: he was the first American soldier to be killed in the war. He was there as a so-called 'green-card soldier' - one of approximately 32,000, fighting in the ranks of the US Army for a foreign country.The film tells the moving and nearly unbelievable story of a one-time street kid from Guatemala, who headed north along the Pan-American Highway - full of hopes and desires for a better future - ultimately to die an American… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While never letting its tone of studious but stewing detachment slip, the movie quietly builds a truly enraging case for a certain form of systematic official cynicism."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Although Ms. Specogna's film fleshes out his life to the extent that it can, the portrait remains frustratingly incomplete. But given its larger subject - a young life trampled beneath history's forward march - this seems entirely fitting."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"With honesty and respect, Heidi Specogna has made neither a shallow tribute nor a polemic. She's made a great film about America."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"It's impossible not to think of the many other 'green-card soldiers' -- desperate Latin Americans offered breaks on permanent resident status in exchange for military enlistment -- who've paid the highest price for a shot at a better life."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"The link between the illegal immigrant problems in the United States and the war in Iraq is explored in the moving documentary The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Now, more than ever, it should be seen here in the U.S. for its ironies, both implicit and explicit."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez is a film with a moral and political message about immigration and the people who are used as cannon fodder by the United States."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"The life and death of the first American soldier killed in Iraq complicates the ongoing debate on illegal immigration."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Mournful and engrossing."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"With only a few letters and family photos, director Heidi Specogna never brings her subject to life."
‑ Brian Miller, Village Voice
"Dispels any remaining myth about the "compassionate" side of that supposed compassionate conservative, George W. Bush."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"The Short Life... is one of those docs that takes the life of an individual and surrounds it with other people's stories that are just as absorbing."
‑ Michael Ferraro, Film Threat
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