The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez

From the Streets of Guatamala to the deserts of Iraq. The story of a green-card soldier

Actors: Patrick Atkinson, Fabian Giron, Veronica Morales, Engracia Gutierrez, Wendy Perlera
Director: Heidi Specogna
Language: English, German, Spanish

DVD Release Date:
September 25, 2007
Run Time: 89 minutes

The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez recounts the life of the first U.S. casualty of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jose Antonio Gutierrez, was one of the 32,000 Latinos soldiers sent to Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11. He joined the Marine Corps when President George W. Bush offered fast naturalization to green card holders in exchange for enlisting in the United States Army. Born in the 1970’s, he started his life by fleeing the military massacre of 200,000 Indians in the Guatemala Highlands to become a homeless street kid in Guatemala City. As the documentary states he was born into one war and died in another.

… Through the retelling of Jose’s life the viewer can see into his world by being introduced to those who are taking his same voyage and are still living his existence.

Charmaine Henriques

Northwestern University Library, Educational Media Reviews Online