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…
I 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.
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.
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…
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.
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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!
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!
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!
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…
(Click on image for original news clipping)
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.