A Senseless Death (Canada, Guatemala, USA, 47 min)
Directed by Raymonde Provencher
A war has been raging in Iraq for the last five years. American soldiers are increasingly exhausted by a conflict that drags on without an end in sight.
For the first time in its history, the American Army is not making its recruitment quotas. Yet there is an almost inexhaustible supply of new recruits among young immigrants, both legal and illegal.
Five soldiers of Latin American origin were among the first casualties of the Iraqi war. Three did not have American citizenship. José Antonio Gutierrez and Jesus Suarez del Solar were among them.
José Antonio was one of the first U.S. Army soldiers to die in Bagdad. He was from Guatemala.
Just a few days after the conflict began, Jesus Suarez stepped on an American mine hidden in the sands of the Iraqi desert. He was from Mexico. His father Fernando Suarez has been fighting ever since. He wants to halt the aggressive tactics of U.S. Army recruiters who target Hispanic kids in American high schools. And he wants the war to come to an end.