In the Heart of Chile
This documentary focuses on memory and free-expression in the post-dictatorial turned democratic society of Santiago, Chile, and the important and changing role of women, activism, and creativity within that transitory structure. Santiago, as the center of the militarized state during the dictatorship of Pinochet, was once littered with torture sites large and small. Today, these sites have been replaced with art, memorial, and the endless search for the disappeared.
Well known poets Marjorie Agosín, Malú Urriola and Eugenia Prado, painters Hugo Cárdenas and Sebastián Rojas-Jiménez, and writer/activist Jordi Lloret all reflect on their experiences with 17 years of dictatorship and explain how artwork and activism have helped Chile to overcome a past of torture, disappearance, and exile to transform into the budding democracy they have become today in the face of electing their first female president, Michele Bachelet.
This 47-minute film explores how memory manifests itself into forms of expression, and how the formerly oppressed underground are affecting that manifestation, In The Heart of Chile.
NTSC, All-Region DVD. English and Spanish dialog with English and Spanish subtitles.
Written and Directed by Stacy Barton.
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