FilmRise and Amazon Acquire Distribution Rights to “Finding Oscar“

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 5:00pm












Courtesy of Finding Oscar/The Kennedy/Marshall Company


Finding Oscar, the documentary film about the 1982 Dos Erres Massacre in Guatemala produced by Steven Spielberg in association with USC Shoah Foundation, will have its theatrical release in spring 2017 and will stream on Amazon Prime this summer.

FilmRise will distribute the film in theatres.

Directed by Ryan Suffern, produced by Frank Marshall and Suffern, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Finding Oscar follows the investigation into the Dos Erres massacre that began on December 6, 1982. Yesterday marked the 34th anniversary of this atrocity, when a team of special forces soldiers from the Guatemalan military raided the village of Dos Erres during the de facto presidency of General Efraín Ríos Montt. Of the 250 residents of Dos Erres who died at the hands of the military over the next days, a young boy named Oscar was spared by army commandos and brought up by one of the men who killed his family.

More than 29 years after the massacre and over a decade after the end of the Guatemalan Civil War, Oscar Ramirez has made his home outside of Boston with his wife and children. When he gets an unexpected phone call, Oscar learns that he is living evidence of a tragedy, and he may be the key to finding justice for the forgotten people of Dos Erres.

The documentary had its world premiere at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival and most recently screened at DOC NYC. Finding Oscar is the latest film to emerge from The Kennedy/Marshall Company’s documentary division, and is a co-production with the USC Shoah Foundation.

Finding Oscar was also screened on the first day of USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research’s fall 2016 international conference “A ‘Conflict?’ Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala,” the first-ever international conference dedicated solely to the Guatemalan Genocide. Suffern, Marshall and producer Scott Greathead participated in a discussion after the screening at USC.