The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar on Netflix: May 19 release, time and what is it?

ByDavid M. Conte

May 18, 2022

Take your seats quickly! Because there’s another fiery documentary around the corner. On May 19, 2022, Netflix released The Photographer: Murder in Pinamar. The hour and forty-six minute documentary will take us through the politically heated atmosphere of Argentina and focus on the death of Argentinian photojournalist Jose Luis Cabezas.

The co-writing team includes the names of Tatiana Merenuk and Gabriel Bobillo. While Alejandro Hartmann is also one of the executive producers, Vanessa Ragone and Mariela Besuievsky served as part of the executive producing team.

The parcel

On the series’ description page on Netflix, the synopsis reads: “The crime of photographer José Luis Cabezas, in the summer of 1997, shocks Argentina and reveals a mafia network in which political and economic powers do not not seem unrelated.

The consequences will be almost as dramatic as the crime itself, both for its instigator and for the country. The documentary again attempts to reaffirm the evil of governance and the mafia’s involvement in the underworld of society, pulling the strings through the exploitation caused by money.

Freedom of press

The death of Jose Luis Cabezas was a thunderbolt for all lay people living in Argentina. This was a direct attack on the freedom of the press, for which people took to the streets and again protested against this forced violence.

It was a wake-up call for everyone; different media groups and human rights defenders have demanded justice for Cabezas. The murder occurred during what can be considered the golden age of the press in Argentina.

The plot and the secret

For a long time in the initial investigation, it was believed that this was simply a political motivation; where the police put sheets on it. However, a name soon emerged that shook the investigation in another direction, “Alfredo Yabran”. No one had ever seen his face in public; no photographs, no visual identification markers were present for him.

This connection led to new leads and the rumors began to paint a whole new reality. Many people were apprehended in the area known as Los Hornos in the province of Bueno Aires, and the case went to trial in 2000 for the murder of Jose Luis Cabezas. They were sent to prison in February.

The teaser

“Taking a picture of me is like shooting me in the forehead”, almost horribly; this line appears in the teaser published by netflix. Yabran wanted to remain a ghost, but Cabezas was on his righteous mission.

The film is rated 16+, with children under 16 requiring parental supervision. Netflix describes him as provocative and investigative. Such an uncovering of realities certainly requires a mature mind to deal with the complex reality in which we live.