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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…