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Chile: Promise of Freedom [Sound Recording]

A documentary and audio reflection on the September 11, 1973 military coup against the democratically-elected government of Salvador Allende. It features the voices of historical participants who chronicle events surrounding the rise of the Allende-led Popular Unity Government, its violent overthrow by US-backed Chilean military forces and the coup's aftermath. Archival recordings include the attack on the presidential palace, Allende's speech before the UN, as well as remarks by Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. 61 min.

Distantes [pelicula]: Isla Chaullin

On the island Chaullin in Chile, there are no tourists. There is no potable water and no electricity either. This remote and rainy island has twenty families, mostly supported by fishing, and this intimate documentary follows the lives of these people. A film by Felipe Correa, Mauricio Garcia, Sebastian Melo. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2005. 56 min.

Fernando Is Back (Fernando ha vuelto)

Documents the workings of Chile's Identification Unit, which is comprised of doctors and specialists in anthropology and forensics. The unit attempts to identify the bodies of all the disappeared persons in Chile. Focuses on the identification of Fernando Olivares, the details of his death, and his family's reaction to the identification of his remains. (SF International Latino Film Festival Collection). 1998. 31 min.

I Wonder What You Will Remember of September

Cecilia Cornejo reconstructs the 1973 Chilean coup from her own fading childhood memories and her parents' vivid recollections, juxataposing this with questions to her young daughter about the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attacks. The resulting montage thoughtfully explores how personal and collective histories intersect, as well as how trauma is lived, supposedly erased, and passed on from one generation to the next. Written, edited and directed by Cecilia Cornejo. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2004. 27 min.

Journal Inacheve (Unfinished Diary)

Film focuses on personal experiences of an immigrant family from Chile and the problems and adjustments to an alien culture experienced by those who seek political asylum in the United States. 55 min.

La Cueca Sola

"On September 11, 1973, a military coup in Chile brought Augusto Pinochet to power, and over the next 17 years, thousands of men were taken from their homes never to return. Since that time, Chilean women have danced the country's traditional courtship dance alone, and 'La Cueca Sola' has become a symbol of women's struggle against the dictatorship. After 30 years in exile, filmmaker Marilu Mallet returns to Santiago to meet with five Chilean women who suffered under the dictatorship and have emerged as heroes under democracy.

La Esperanza Incierta (Uncertain Hope) (South Series).

Looks at the current socio-political climates in four South American countries; Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile. 1991. 52 min.
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Microchip Al Chip (South Series).

Examines the destruction of Chilean forests in order to sustain its paper exports to other nations, notably Japan. Disturbing statements from a Chilean forest manager and a Japanese economic minister build into an invective against the loss of an irreplaceable natural resource. 1991. 18 min.
Related web sites:Description from Icarus Films catalog

My House is on Fire.

A film by Rodrigo Dorfman and Ariel Dorfman. Ariel Dorfman's acclaimed play, written in exile in Amsterdam twenty years ago, originally depicted the fear and confusion of two children growing up under the Chilean dictatorship. In this cinematic adaptation, the author and his son have relocated the setting to the American South.

Nostalgia for the Light

Ten thousand feet above sea level in the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars. The sky is so translucent, it allows them to see right to the boundaries of the universe. The Atacama is also the place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: those of Pre-Columbian mummies; 19th century explorers and miners; and the remains of political prisoners, "disappeared" by the Chilean army after the military coup of September, 1973.

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