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The FIDOCS festival program has finally gone live. Here you can see the entry on my film as well as the screening times. If you want to look at the whole program you can do so here.

It looks like a great program. I am very excited to see all of these films next week. Hopefully I will see some of you there!

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Although the festival catalogue isn't available yet (what's up with that people?) I have just been given the date and times of my screenings at FIDOCS. My film will screen on… drum roll please… Wednesday 25th at 11:30 and Friday 27th at 17:30.

The screenings will take place in the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Centre (Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 227, Barrio Lastarria, Santiago +56 2 2566 5500)

For more information about ticket prices and festival screening locations click here

Tickets go on sale on Monday the 23th of June. See you there!

 

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I am pleased to announce that I have been asked to screen ¡Viva Chile mierda! at Queens University Belfast this Autumn. The film will screen at 4pm on October 15, 2014 and will be followed by a Q&A. I am grateful to Cahal McLaughlin, professor in Film Studies and the School of Creative Arts for the invitation. I look forward to meeting their students and hearing what they have to say about the issues raised in my film. I have never been to Ireland before so that is a bonus as is the beautiful architecture of the university.

I will post more information once I have it…

Andres Valenzuela 2014

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Sadly, as I don’t live in Chile anymore, I missed this news story. So it seems that ‘Papudo’ went back to Chile after all! In March, La Tercera newspaper reported that Andrés Valenzuela finally returned to Chile after 30 years in order to give testimony in several court cases relating to his time with the Joint Command. He only just left the country (according to another article in El Dínamo.) The La Tercera article states that he stayed with relatives whom he himself told me had not seen or heard from him in over 30 years.  One of the several open cases that he was giving testimony for is about the death of president Michelle Bachelet’s father, Brigadier General Alberto Bachelet, who opposed the coup and consequently was tortured and killed by the Pinochet regime.

I am very sorry to read that he has leukaemia and has been living with it for 12 years. (The article notes that he was concerned about running out of his medication after staying on longer than he had planned.)

I’m glad that he was able to return and reconnect with estranged friends and relatives. Hopefully he also achieved some sort of closure with his past by giving his testimony again. I wonder if he actually made it back to his home town while he was in Chile…

I hope that his testimony proves useful and that the families of the victims now have more information about what happened to their loved ones.