Synopsis by Mark Deming
A community stands up for justice in this powerful documentary from Argentina. When president Juan Peron was driven from power in Argentina by a military junta in 1976, the new regime installed a police force that was selected to keep order at any cost. A number of Argentinean policemen were known for using deadly force at the slightest provocation, and after the junta collapsed in 1983, many of these rogue cops remained on the beat. In 2001, three friends -- Adrian Matassa, Cristian Gomez and Maximiliano Tasca -- were watching television coverage of a riot at a café when Tasca remarked in passing that a patrolman being beaten by protesters probably deserved what he got. He was overheard by Juan de Dios Velaztiqui, a policeman who pulled his gun, shot Tasca and his friends to death, and then disposed of their bodies and destroyed the evidence. Sandra Bravo witnessed the killings, and despite repeated threats by Velaztiqui, she came forward to report his crime and helped lead a series of non-violent protests to bring Velaztiqui to trial for his crimes and see that other dirty cops were finally removed from the force. Fusilados en Floresta (aka Executed in Floresta) is a documentary which examines this shocking incident and the brave citizens who worked to prevent such violence from happening again.