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.

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On September 16th, as part of their ongoing screenings from the collection and in conjunction with their Memories From Exile season, The Museum of Memory and Human Rights will screen ¡Viva Chile mierda!

The film is also available to view year-round in their audiovisual centre (CEDAV).

I am grateful for the support of this excellent institution and proud to be included in their archive.

Museo de la Memoria y de los Derechos Humanos
Matucana 501, Metro Quinta Normal, Santiago – Chile
Fono: (562) 2 597 96 00
Email: info@museodelamemoria.cl

Download museum catalogue here

 

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I am very pleased to announce that ¡Viva Chile Mierda! has been selected for the National Competition at this year’s FIDOCS: Festival Internacional Documentales in Santiago, Chile.

Here is the description of the festival from their website:

“Along with the annual screening of the International Panorama, and other focuses, hommages and retrospectives, FIDOCS has three main competitive sections: Latin American Competition, National Competition and International Short Film Competition Monsieur Guillaume. In this way, FIDOCS has positioned itself as one of the most renowned festivals of Latin America, has achieved the re-emergence of the genre in the country, and has explored the relationship between documentary short films with other audiovisual genres like fiction, video art and experimental cinema.”

Now I just have to figure out how I am to get myself there for the screening…

 

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On March 16th, 2014 ¡Viva Chile Mierda! screened at the historic Athena theater in Athens, Ohio as part of the Ohio University’s FILM 5010: Symposium course taught by Dr. Louis-George Schwartz. This screening series this year was titled, Series Sea Here and was also open to the public. The film was one of two films on this year’s programme dealing with Chile’s traumatic and tortured history, the other being Nostalgia for the Light (2010) by Patricio Guzman. This makes me very happy indeed given that Patricio Guzman is a hero of mine. I have long admired his work, particularly his film, Chile: Obstinate Memory (1997).

Apparently the screening was well attended and prompted a lively discussion. I am grateful to Dr. Schwartz and to Ohio University for organising this screening.

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