DOC FILM (2005): „The Ambassador” by Erling Borgen


The Ambassador is a 2005 Norwegian documentary film directed by Erling Borgen.

„This is a documentary about war, terror and lies. The former US ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte, has a dark history when it comes to serious human righs violations. Negroponte was ambassador to Honduras in Central America during the 1980-ies. The film reveals shocking human rights violations from that period. The director Erling Borgen has followed in the footsteps of the ambassador. Inhabitants from Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador still remember Negroponte with sadness and disgust. This documentary won the Paris Human Rights Film Festival (2006)” –

Robert Ford (US ambassador to Syria from January 2011) was the “number two man” (Minister Counsellor for Political Affairs) at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad under John Negroponte (US ambassador to Iraq, June 2004-April 2005).

Learn more:

  • The United States in Honduras, 1980-1981: An Ambassador’s Memoir. By Jack R. Binns. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland & Company, 2000 (review: The Americas. A Quarterly Review of Latin American History)
  • 20 June 2018 (Spanish, UAATV, Mexico. En el marco del 45 Aniversario de la Fundación de la Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes) – Conferencia magistral: Rigoberta Menchú, Premio Nobel de la Paz (1992):
  • I, Rigoberta Menchú. An Indian Woman in Guatemala. Edited and introduced by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray. New York and London: Verso, 1984
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