"I Will Be Murdered" is an intriguing introduction into the murder of Rodrigo Rosenberg Marzano, a lawyer from Guatemala who made a video confessional before his death. Gunned down in May 2009, the video surfaced at his funeral. In it, he accuses then-President Alvaro Colom Cabelleros of orchestrating his death. Those new to the story will find an extremely compelling documentary. Even those that know all the details of this tale will find a capable exposition from director Justin Webster.
A British man who has resided in Spain for many years, Webster digs into the details of Rodrigo Rosenberg Marzano's life. He even explores Marzano's childhood, and the aftershocks of his parents divorce. What caused his parents' divorce becomes key to a revelation later on the doc, in a sort of full-circle brilliance.
Webster interviews Marzano's son, the detective that handled the case, a Guatemalan reporter familiar with the case, and even one of the men that was charged with conspiring to murder Marzano. In this regard, the director does a good job balancing perspectives. Each person provides a unique perspective to the life of Marzano, as well as the controversies surrounding his death. The rest is filled out with re-enactments of key moments, as well as actual security footage to help unravel the mystery.
The film could have shared more in regards to President Cabelleros' history of corruption. The film certainly depicts the aftermath of Marzano's death, and protesters flooding the streets of Guatemala demanding that Cabelleros be removed or resign from office. Those less inclined to remain current on global politics(like this reviewer) would have benefited from a little more background on the matter. But that's a really small nitpick(and perhaps a fault credited to the viewer) in an otherwise great documentary. "I Will Be Murdered" carries on the tradition of great indie documentaries rising to the occasion the last few years. Hopefully, such a tradition will carry on for some time.
"I Will Be Murdered" will have its final screening at the 49th Chicago International Film Festival this evening at 6:15pm.