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State of Exile

1970, Dan Mitrione, a CIA agent in Uruguay, South America, is kidnapped and murdered by the Tupamaros guerrilla group. The man appointed to consummate his death is the Majorcan Toni Mas. This is his story, and of a country scarred by twelve years of dictatorship.

Production year: 2009

Broadcasted by "60 Minuts", Televisió de Catalunya, Television de Mallorca, TV Ciudad, Uruguay and IB3 Balearic Islands TV.

Synopsis

Antoni Mas was born in Majorca, Spain, with only 5 years he immigrated with his family to Uruguay. The fight against social injustice led him to join, in the late 60’s, the left wing urban guerrilla MLN-Tupamaros.

In 1970 this organization kidnapped Dan Anthony Mitrione, an employee of the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID), in reality Mitrione was an undercover agent of the CIA, his mission: training of members of Latin American military and police forces on torture techniques and counter-guerrilla tactics. The Tupamaros demanded the liberation of 150 of their fellow militants imprisoned in the Uruguayan jails. The negative of the Government resulted in his assassination at the hands of Toni Mas. This murder marked a turning point in the history of Tupamaros, which lost most of their popular support, and of the armed struggle. It also tightened up the already tense situation, giving free way to the military «coup d’état» that Uruguay was to suffer for more than 12 years.

Toni Mas was arrested one year after Mitrione’s death. During 13 years imprisonment, he was subjected to an inhumane regime of torture, which left an indelible mark on our character’s body and mind. He died in 2002 haunted by hallucinations and paranoia at the age of 54 in Majorca.

Credits & technical data

Direction: Javier González Bordas & Nofre Moyà | Executive producers: Javier González Bordas & Magdalena López-Baisson | Script: Marta Hierro | Photography: Javier González & Nofre Moyà | Ediction: Alberto Jarabo | Music: Xisco Albéniz | Running time: 60 min | Format: HDV

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