¡Presente! Teaching Terror in Latin America
The U.S. has long presented itself as a global force for democracy and freedom. ¡Presente! takes a look at the aims and practice of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. Exploring the U.S. relationships with Colombia, Honduras, and Mexico, the film investigates the notorious School of the Americas (now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation [WHINSEC]), which its opponents call “The School of Assassins”. An astonishing number of its graduates have been linked to the crimes of rape, torture, abduction, and murder. “Presente” means “present” in Spanish. It is used throughout Latin America to remember the victims and martyrs of military repression. ¡Presente! is a joint project of Deep Dish TV and Choices Video in Los Angeles with the directors of the film Hidden In Plain Sight.