Blue Jay, Notes From Exile

Blue Jay, Notes From Exile

  • Canada
  • 54
  • STC
  • Leopoldo Gutierrez

Following the brutal Pinochet coup in 1973, many Chileans sought refuge in Canada, among them a group of politically engaged, avant-garde poets who sought to transform language in tandem with the socialist transformation of their country. Gutierrez documents the lives of five of these still-committed poets, who in addition to building a new life from scratch were faced with surviving as poets in a language and culture not their own. Drawing on rare archival footage of recitals by the newly exiled poets and evocative visualizations of their words, as well as intimate personal interviews, Blue Jay is a provocative study of the conflicted relationship between language and power. David McIntosh. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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