French director murdered in El Salvador

Christian Poveda chronicled street gang violence

PARIS — French documentary filmmaker Christian Poveda has been shot dead in El Salvador.

Poveda’s last docu feature “La Vida Loca” chronicled the lives of several members of Mara 18, a dangerous street gang in the country’s capital city, San Salvador.

The 53-year-old filmmaker was found dead, shot multiple times in the head, in a car a few miles from San Salvador.

He was on his way back from filming in La Campanera, a suburb controlled by Mara 18.

President Mauricio Funes said in a statement that he was shocked and devastated by the murder, and ordered a thorough investigation.

Local gang members are suspected, according to reports.

Several of Poveda’s subjects were either arrested or killed during the shooting of “La Vida Loca,” which was well-received at festivals, notably in San Sebastian.

Poveda, who was also a photojournalist, had traveled to San Salvador in the early 1980s to cover the Civil War for Time magazine and returned 10 years later to make a documentary on street gangs.

The film will be released in France on Sept. 30 on 130 copies.

Trailer: “La Vida Loca”

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