Filmfest Munchen - The Cordillera of Dreams
A nice documentary for night owls.
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This film concludes a trilogy that Chilean documentarist Patricio Guzmán began in Protected content NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT and continued in Protected content THE PEARL BUTTON. In part three, Guzmán, who has lived in exile in Paris since the coup d'état by Augusto Pinochet in Protected content , observes the natural environment of his home country as an allegory of the political history of revolutionary utopia, fascist dictatorship, and neoliberal depletion of society. After focusing on the Atacama Desert — the driest area in the world, the most important location for giant telescopes, and also the location of Pinochet's concentration camps — and the Pacific Ocean, in which thousands of opponents of the regime were tied to railroad tracks and drowned, Guzmán now turns to the Andes Mountains. They cover 80 percent of Chile's land area and yet they are a blank spot to most Chileans — just like the horrors of the dictatorship and the unbroken tradition of resistance to them. These historical events continue to influence the political and economic reality of the country even today, but they have been pushed out of the public consciousness. Guzmán's impressive documentary is thus also a work intended to raise awareness and active reappraisal.
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