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Based on Francisco Goldman’s book of the same name and executive-produced by Academy Award winners George Clooney and Grant Heslov, The Art of Political Murder tells the story of the 1998 murder of Guatemalan human rights activist Bishop Juan Gerardi and how it stunned a country ravaged by decades of political violence.

Just two days after presenting a damning report blaming the atrocities of the civil war on the Guatemalan military, Bishop Gerardi was found dead in his home. The documentary highlights the team of young investigators who take on the case and begin to unearth a web of conspiracy and corruption, entangling the highest levels of government in their pursuit of the truth.

The Art of Political Murder is directed by Paul Taylor; produced by Teddy Leifer and Regina K. Scully; executive-produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov.

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A Culture Close-Up

In this Culture Closeup, journalist Mariana Atencio and author Francisco Goldman unpack the murder of Guatemalan human rights activist Bishop Juan Gerardi and the case at the center of the film.

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Uncovering The Art of Political Murder

Director Paul Taylor hosts a conversation between author Francisco Goldman, investigator Arturo Aguilar and Guatemalan journalist Claudia Méndez Arriaza about the making of the film, the impact of Bishop Gerardi’s murder and updates surrounding the case.

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Go deeper into some of the events from Gutamala's complex political history that lead to the murder of human rights activist Bishop Juan Gerardi.

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