Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 08.31.42The festival schedule has now been finalised for Glasgow’s Document International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. There’s a slew of very interesting looking films programmed for the festival this year and I am please to be included in this line up. My film screens at 3:45pm on Friday the 10th. If you are in Glasgow that weekend do check out this festival and see if you can make to my screening. Hopefully I will see you there!

Full festival schedule here.

Viva Chile Mierda has also been highlighted on the festival’s website and given a “Programmer’s Pick”

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I have just returned from an overnight trip to Geneva to introduce ¡Viva Chile mierda! and participate in a Q&A session after the screening. The film was very well received by the the audience comprised largely of Chilean exiles and their children. I was genuinely touched by the kind words they offered me and to be able to see how affected they were by the story of the film. I am extremely grateful to the warm hospitality shown to me by the organiser of Cine Mémorie, Jorge ‘Flavio’ Toro and also to the fabulous staff of the independent cinema, Cinelux where the event was held. If you are in Geneva you should definitely go and support this cinema. With the ever increasing homogenisation of screening venues in the world it is heartening that there are still these hold outs of truly independent cinema. This struggling cinema was taken over by the staff several years ago and it has managed to continue to overcome their financial struggles in order to bring interesting independent cinema to Geneva audiences.

Here is a photo album of the night hosted at Cine Mémorie’s Facebook page.

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It’s not everyday that one can say that their mother (in her late 70s) was able to find something on the internet that I, her tech-savvy son, had missed but apparently there was a review of my film on the chilean film website (blog?) Revius. It is very positive (which is why I am telling you about it) but it is always interesting to see how viewers respond to my film and this review reflects on the film’s positioning of ‘Papudo’ Valenzuela as a ‘hero’ then as ‘villain’ in an interesting way. The reviewer also mistakenly assumes that my father was in favour of the military coup because of his use of the term ‘military government’ rather than ‘dictatorship.’ To be honest I never knew (and I don’t believe my father knew either) that this way of referring to the Pinochet regime was so significant but now that I think about it, of course it is! Anyway, go ahead and read the full review via the link below. It’s in Spanish of course. Google translate at your own risk…

http://revius.net/2014/06/28/fidocs-2014-viva-chile-mierda-2013/

ojoCojoI have just learned that my film has been selected to this year’s El Ojo Cojo International Film Festival. Viva Chile Mierda will compete against 4 others for the €1,000 prize for Best Documentary Feature. But really what I am most happy about is that my Aunt Gaby and her children will be able to see the film screened in a cinema near them. The festival takes place in Barcelona and Madrid from October 3-12. Go if you can and spread the word.

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The programme has been published for the Ciclo de Cine Sobre El Exlio at the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos in Santiago, Chile.  Viva Chile Mierda will screen on September 16th at 7pm. After the screening the film will be available to the public in the museum’s audiovisual centre, CEDAV.

Click here for the full programme.

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The programme for Geneva’s 2014 Latin American film series, Cinémémoire has been finalised. Screening in Geneva’s Cinelux theatre, this year’s programme focuses on Chile and I am very excited to be included in this list of seminal films and to be programmed alongside films like La Spirale by Armand Mattelart, Chile Obstinate Memory by Patricio Guzman (one of my favorite films!) and Machuca by Andrés Wood. (Fun fact: my cousins Ian and Paul went to the school that was the subject of the film Machuca and they knew the boys that the film is about.) The films will screen at the Cinélux cinema on Boulevard de Sant-George. My film will screen on September 18th and October 5th. I will be there in person for the September 18th screening. I hope to see some of you there!

You can download the complete programme here:

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I have just received the pleasing news that my film has been selected for Glasgow’s Document International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival!

The festival takes place October 9 – 12 so mark your calendar Glasgow people. I expect all of the Glaswegians I know to go to this (you know who you are) and to tell your friends. I think I’ll be going so I’ll know if your not there. Also, let’s drink. 🙂

More details soon…

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Over two months, as part of Cine Memoria, a Latin American film series organised by Kiltrofilms, Cinelux in Geneva will screen ¡Viva Chile mierda! on two separate nights (September 18th and October 5th). I know a few people in Geneva (you know who you are) so hopefully they will be able to go to this screening but if you’re reading this and are in any way near this cinema then you should definitely go too. 🙂 Oh, and tell your friends.

Cinéma Cinélux:
Boulevard de Saint-Georges 8
1205 Genève

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All good things must come to an end. FIDOCS has officially concluded and although I did not walk away with one of the trophies, I did walk away with some great memories. I am immensely proud to have been selected for the National Competition and I congratulate all the worthy winners. The reception to my film at both screenings was everything I could have hoped for with many people coming up to me afterwards to thank me for making the film and discussing with me their own stories of that difficult time. There was not a dry eye in the house after each screening. What more could I ask for really? I wish to whole-heartedly thank the festival programmers for including me and for being such a warm hosts to me while I was in Santiago. I hope to be able to maintain these relationships in the years to come. I saw some truly inspiring films this last week and made what I hope to be some lasting friendships. I even got to spend time with one of my heroes, Patricio Guzman. #winning!

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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!