Christy Wegener’s documentary ‘I Am Vanessa Guillen’ coming to Netflix

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Directed by Christy Wegener, “I Am Vanessa Guillen,” a new documentary based on the life and death of U.S. soldier Vanessa Guillen, will be released by Netflix on Nov. 17. [Netflix photo]

Directed by Christy Wegener (“Oprah’s Master Class,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Search and Destroy: Iggy & The Stooges’ Raw Power”), “I Am Vanessa Guillen,” a new documentary based on the life and death of U.S. soldier Vanessa Guillen, will be released by Netflix on Nov. 17.

Army Spc. Guillén, 20, disappeared from Fort Hood, Texas, in April 2020 and was found dead June 30. After telling her mother she was being sexually harassed on base, Guillen was allegedly killed by a fellow soldier.

CNN reports that Spc. Aaron Robinson allegedly murdered Guillén by bludgeoning her to death with a hammer at the armory where she worked. He died by suicide as law enforcement was attempting to detain him.

Guillén’s story sparked an international movement of assault victims demanding justice, according to a news release.

A Story Syndicate production, the film follows her family’s fight for historic military reform, a journey that takes them all the way to the Oval Office.

“At the core, this is a story about overcoming the greatest odds imaginable in the name of family, love and justice. This is David vs. Goliath on steroids. Taking on the U.S. military, one of the largest, most powerful institutions in America is no easy feat,” said Wegener in a statement.

“In making the film, it was incredible to witness a family, in the most tragic moment of their lives, put their grief aside, step out into  the public arena and fight for the greater good.”

Producers on the film include Wegener, Isabel Castro, Lindsey Cordero and Armando Croda.

Andrea Berman is co-executive producer, while executive producers are Story Syndicate’s Dan Cogan, Liz Garbus, Jon Bardin and Nell Constantinople.

Founded in 2019 by Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Garbus and Cogan, Story Syndicate is a New York-based film and television production company devoted to premium nonfiction and scripted content.

-BAM

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