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Abner Benaim / Feature Documentary / Panama, Argentina, Qatar / 2014 / 96 min / Original Language: Spanish / Interests: Documentary, History, Social Issues


On the night of 20 December, 1989, the USA launched a massive invasion of otherwise peaceful Panama. George Bush made it clear he wanted General Noriega – an ex-CIA friend turned rogue – out of power. The Panama Canal, a strategic asset for the USA, seemed to be at risk. For two weeks, Panama’s tropical backdrop became the testing ground for new weapons. Noriega handed himself over and was convicted for drug trafficking and jailed in the States, and later served another sentence in France. ‘Invasion’ is a documentary portrait of the collective memory of a country and its people through characters whose lives were greatly shaken by the invasion; each of them takes us on a journey through their past and present.


Abner Benaim
Abner Benaim
Alejandro Israel, Abnes Benaim

About the Director

Born in 1971 and raised in Panama City, Abner Benaim works as a producer and director. He studied Cinema and International Relations in Pennsylvania, and Art in Florence. As a director, he has made the feature fiction film ‘Chance’ (2009) and the documentary ‘Maids and Bosses’ (2010). He directed the series ‘El Otro Lado 2006’, awarded as Best TV series at the New York Television Film Festival. Benaim is based in Panama, where he runs the production company Apertura Films.

Awards and Festival History


IFF Panama / 2014 / Competition


Best Documentary Award / 2014 / IFF Panama
Audience Award for Central America and Caribbean / 2014 / IFF Panama


  • Main Contact

    Abner Benaim

    Apertura Films
    +507 264 7530

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