In The Line Of Fire: RIP Christian Poveda

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I just received some very sad news from our friends at Wide Management about Christian Poveda, who was shot dead last night in El Salvador. His latest film LA VIDA LOCA is about the Maras, groups of youngsters who have modeled themselves on the Los Angeles youth gangs. They are extremely violent and are propagating terror in El Salvador and elsewhere. The film is a study, through photography and the personal stories of these gang members, of a violent phenomenon that has been imported from the USA.

Police told the BBC Poveda’s body was found in a car north of the capital, San Salvador.

The British broadcaster quoted Salvadorean President Mauricio Funes as saying he was shocked by Poveda’s death.

Police are investigating the circumstances of how he died and who killed him.

Media reports from the region claim Poveda witnessed seven homicides while working on LA VIDA LOCA. The original email from Wide can be found below.

Dear friends,

Wide Management sadly informs you that Christian Poveda, the director of La Vida Loca was murdered last night in San Salvador.

Christian, was a militant, a war journalist engaged in a fair cause and wanted to calm the political and sociological tensions down in San Salvador, unfortunately, it leaded to his own death last night. Since his time as a journalist for Paris Match and Newsweek, covering already civil war in Salvador, Christian Poveda has been very moved by the young generation situation emerging from it and worried about the consequences of the war. LA VIDA LOCA remains a testimony of this lost generation.

Christian Poveda was also a photographer, very known to get so close to people, he shot the most amazing pictures of the gang members in Salvador, exposed those photos in Japan, Central America, United States of America…

Our thoughts go out to the friends and family Christian leaves behind.

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