The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar

  • 28 May - 03 Jun, 2022
  • Mag The Weekly

The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar is a chilling true crime documentary, diving deep into the heart of Argentine corruption, politics and power plays. Although the run-time is a tad overlong and the movie does sag a little in the middle, there’s certainly enough here to whet the appetite. This is a crime that rocked Argentina and with it, brought about a wave of change; the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. Rewinding a second though, the series centres on the death of a prominent journalist working for a well-known magazine called Noticias. On January 25th 1997, a burning car is found by the authorities. Inside is Jose Luis Cabezas, handcuffed to the steering wheel and burned beyond recognition. As his family and colleagues strive for justice, it soon becomes apparent that this case goes all the way up the chain of command, with corrupt politicians, police officers and more involved in this case. While there is a resolution to this one, it also serves to underline the problems this nation is still grappling with in the wake of such a shocking murder. Most of the film is shot with archival footage from the time, overlaid with narration and laced with talking head interviews.