Fall Grant 2013 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
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.
Production Company Profile
Apertura Films is an independent production company that specialises in the production of auteur films. Founded by Abner Benaim in Panama City in 2004, Apertura develops projects for national and international markets. Apertura’s productions have been selected for the Sundance Independent Producers Conference, Docs Barcelona, the Producers Network of the Guadalajara International Film Festival, Morellia Docu Lab and the Production Conference of the International Film Festival of Cartagena de Indias. They have also been selected and received awards at film festivals including IDFA and HotDocs, and international festivals in Moscow, Cairo, Havana and many others. Recent productions include the feature film ‘Chance’ and the feature documentary ‘Maids and Bosses’, which has been selected for documentary festivals around the world.
Awards and Festival History
IFF Panama / 2014 / CompetitionAwards
Best Documentary Award / 2014 / IFF Panama
Audience Award for Central America and Caribbean / 2014 / IFF Panama