Chile, Obstinate Memory

Chile, Obstinate Memory

  • Canada, France
  • 59
  • PG
  • Patricio Guzmán
  • Patricio Guzmán
  • Yves Jeanneau (Producer)
  • Éric Michel (Producer)
  • Éric Pittard (Cinematographer)
  • Pablo Saura (Cinematographer)
  • Hélène Girard (Editor)
  • Robert M. Lepage (Music)

Twenty-three years after he left Chile, Patricio Guzmán returns to his country in Chile, Obstinate Memory, which uses his own landmark film The Battle of Chile to explore decades of censorship and self-censorship. Tracing back through the steps that allowed the film to be smuggled out of the country, Chile, Obstinate Memory is a personal examination of a country immersed in a collective amnesia. Showing the film to Chileans for the first time in their own country, young students get to see an alternative to the official version of events of their country’s history, while those who were present get a reminder of their own trauma. Chile, Obstinate Memory allows Guzmán to artfully weave the story of his own film with that of the greater concept and place of memory for a people and their culture. Charlotte Cook

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