What is it about?

An essayistic encounter with Chile's suffering in the aftermath of the Pinochet regime. Guzmán traces the totalitarian and violent legacies of his country not only through documentary imagery, but also through mythical and speculative stories from the past.

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Why is it important?

Guzmán's essay film engages in intricate ways with a dark chapter of Chile and brings repressed knowledge, for instance that of the 'disappeared', into visibility. It also argues from a broader planetary position; the history of water and the Chilean archipelago play an important role.


It is a socially and politically engaged work. It is also marvellously shot and argues from a less anthropocentric perspective. A must-see.

Brenda Hollweg
University of Leeds

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This page is a summary of: A questioning situation: Patricio Guzmán’s cine-essayistic explorations of fragile planetary configurations, New Cinemas Journal of Contemporary Film, March 2017, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/ncin.15.1.13_1.
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