Justice – In Time of War / Justice: el caso turra

In 1995 Giacomo Turra, a young man from Padova died in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. The case was quickly archived as an overdose – but the autopsy evidence tells another story: Giacomo Turra died at the hands of 5 police officers.

24 years old, Turra was a poet and an anthropology student. He had travelled to Colombia to study the indigenous populations of the Sierra Nevada. When his father Sisto went to Colombia to reclaim his body he found he couldn’t recognize his own son, so severe was the beating he’d received.

Giacomo’s tragedy is the beginning of a journey through present day Colombia, a country ravaged by injustice and civil war.

Alvaro Uribe, Colombia’s president, closely connected to paramilitary groups, promotes a new model of police state: the 40-year war between paramilitaries and guerrilla forces seems to have no end. And in times of war, as Colombians know all too well, human life is just the price of victory.


Country of Production

Year of Production

Digi Beta Pal, Beta SP Pal

58 / 74 / 77 min

Fabrizio Lazzaretti

DocLab Productions in co-production with ma.ja.de. filmproduktion and ZDF/ARTE, BBC, RAI, and TV ONTARIO

Original Language
Spanish, Italian, English


Festivals / Awards

IDFA 2003 (Joris Ivens Competition)
Hot Docs Toronto 2004
Movie Eye Reality Film and TV Festival Tver 2004
Tempo DF Stockholm 2004
Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal 2004
Human Rights in Film Festival Warsaw 2004