Das kurze Leben des José Antonio Gutierrez
(The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez)
CH 2006 90'
Director: Heidi Specogna
Script: Heidi Specogna, Erika Harzer
Camera: Rainer Hoffmann
Sound: Paul Oberle
Editing: Ursula Höf
Music: Hans Koch
Production: PS Film
Website DAS KURZE LEBEN DES JOSE ANTONIO GUTIERREZ
A few hours after the Iraq war started in March 2003, Antonio Gutierrez' photo was sent around the world: the first fallen soldier on the American side, and he wasn't even an American! In death Antonio's dream finally came true: like 38,000 other non-American soldiers he had enlisted in the US army because of the promise of American citizenship. Now he received it posthumously. Heidi Specogna's film tells the moving story of a former street kid from the slums of Guatemala, who made the long journey to the North. An idealistic young man who wasn't an adventurer, but full of hope and longing for a better future, and who died an American hero.