The Houses are Full of Smoke

Director: Allan Francovich

Institute History

  • 1988 Sundance Film Festival


The Houses are Full of Smoke is the most all-encompassing documentary to date on the horrors of Central American civil wars and American duplicity in the region since the 1950’s. Filmmaker Allan Francovich, after exposing the CIA’s links to American foreign policy in On Company Business, spent the last several years in Central America, returning with a powerful and uncompromising three-part film dealing with Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

In the wake of the recent Iran-Contra hearings, The Houses are Full of Smoke emerges as a searing expose, in which tales of official madness are brought home with compelling eye-witness testimonies. The film is a timely and important document.

— Tony Safford

Screening Details

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