Nostalgia for the Light with filmmaker Patricio Guzman

Nostalgia for the Light with filmmaker Patricio Guzman

The Sanctuary for Independent Media

March 20, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Co-sponsored by The Sanctuary for Independent Media

 

READ THIS: Review from the New York Times, March 16, 2011

 

Acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman traveled to the driest place on earth for his new film, Nostalgia for the Light. The sky is so translucent astronomers see right to the boundaries of the universe. And the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: political prisoners "disappeared" by the Chilean army after the U.S. backed military coup of September 11, 1973.

The gorgeous and personal meditation  Nostalgia for the Light won Best Documentary at the 2010 European Film Academy Awards, the Prix Chalais at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Best Documentary at Abu Dhabi International Film Festival, Special Jury Mention at Sheffield Film Festival and is an Official Selection of the Boulder, Miami, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco Film Festivals. It was named to Sight & Sound Magazine's 2010 Top Ten Best Films.

Master director Patricio Guzman, famed for his political documentaries capturing the history and politics of Chile (The Battle of Chile, Salvador Allende, The Pinochet Case), travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest place on earth for his new film. Atop the mountains of the Atacama Desert, astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars. The sky is so translucent that it allows them to see right to the boundaries of the universe.

The Atacama Desert is also a place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: those of Pre-Columbian mummies; 19th century explorers and miners; and the remains of political prisoners, "disappeared" by the Chilean army after the military coup of September 11, 1973.

So while astronomers examine the most distant and oldest galaxies, at the foot of the mountains, women, surviving relatives of the disappeared whose bodies were dumped here, search, even after twenty-five years, for the remains of their loved ones, to reclaim their families' histories.

Melding the celestial quest of the astronomers and the earthly one of the Chilean women, Nostalgia for the Light is a gorgeous, moving, and deeply personal odyssey.


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