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Chile

Ragin Epu Mapu: Voices of the Elders and the Youth

Documentary on the Mapuche people of Chile told through archival photographs and the testimonies and experiences of the elders and Mapuche youth. Also looks at the challenges faced by Mapuche who migrate to city environments in Chile. Directed and edited by Ariel Lopez. 2008. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 47 min.

Returniong to Chile (Retornando a Chile)

Investigates the problems of identity and adjustments of youngsters who have recently returned to Chile after many years in exile with their parents. The children discuss their memories of the 1973 coup and their reactions to the widespread poverty and political repression in Chile today. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1988. 31 min.

Salvador Allende

From his childhood in Valparaiso to his suicide following the Pinochet military coup on September 11, 1973, looks at the life and works of chilean president Salvador Allende. Using rare archival footage, family photos, interviews with Allende's friends, professional colleagues, his daughters and other relatives as well as UP militants, workers, journalists, his personal secretary and Edward Korry (former U.S. Ambassador to Chile), portrays the life, times and political formation of the Valparaiso-born doctor.

The Evolution of Chile: Prosperity for Some

In 25 years, Chile has gone from a Marxist state to a dictatorship to a democracy. The transition has strengthened Chile's economy, but not all Chilean citizens have shared in the prosperity. As divisions between rich and poor widen, critics question whether democratic capitalism is the right solution. Using Chile as a case study, this program examines how Chile and other Third World nations are riding the tidal wave of post-Cold War economic reforms. c1998. 29 min.

The Judge and the General

In 1998, judge Juan Guzman, a longtime Pinochet supporter, was assigned to prosecute the ex-Chilean dictator for human rights crimes. This engrossing documentary follows the twists and turns of this landmark case, one that influenced the application of human rights law around the world. Produced and directed by Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco 2008. 90 min.

The Last Stand of Salvador Allende (September 11th, 1973.)

A remarkable document of the final hours of Salvador Allende, the first Marxist democratically elected leader of Chile. It reconstructs the day the country fell under the military government of General Pinochet and includes accounts by Allende's bodyguard, his secretary and his wife and daughter. Archival footage shows the destruction of the Moneda Palace and Allende's final address to his countrymen, exhorting them to dedicate themselves to freedom. Director, Patricio Henriquez. c1998. 58 min.

The Pinochet Case

Explores how a small group of people in Madrid laid the groundwork for the incredible feat of catching a dictator 25 years after his rise to power. Crucial to the legal case against Pinochet were the testimonies of victims of the crimes of the his regime. Hundreds of Chileans, relatives of the "disappeared," ex-prisoners who suffered torture and interrogation in secret prisons, traveled to Madrid to testify. The film movingly incorporates their stories and also follows the workings of the British legal system that ensued. Directed by Patricio Guzman. 2001. 110 min. ;

Threads of Hope

This powerful documentary tells the story of a group of Chilean women who banded together in silent protest and dared to defy a dictatorship. They are the sisters, mothers and wives of Pinochet's 'disappeared' and, armed with scraps of cloth, sewing needles and the overwhelming desire to find their loved ones, they set to work telling their stories by creating arpilleras: colourful handmade tapestries that chronicled the horror and injustice of Chile's reign of terror. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1996. 50 min.

Two 911's in a Lifetime (Dos 911 en una vida)

Explores ideas and feelings of ex-political prisoners from Chile during Pinochet's regime who now live in the San Francisco Bay Area. They analyze the tragedies of the September 11, 1973 military coup in Chile and September 11, 2001 in New York, as well as the US government's involvement in each. Directed by Ariel Lpez. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 12 min. 2003.

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