By Jeff Sawtell in Britain:
Nostalgia For The Light (12A)
Directed by Patricio Guzman
Thursday 12 July 2012
Opening with the wheels of a telescope being positioned and images of the pockmarked moon, film-maker Patricio Guzman narrates his fascination for studying the stars.
Then the camera looks back to Earth to see Chile’s Atacama desert, a place without humidity and no natural animal life
Not completely true. See here.
except astronomers and archeologists.
Many died as slaves building the 19th-century railways, their work huts providing Pinochet in the 1970s with an ideal site for concentration camps that disposed of those called the “disappeared.”
People search for traces of their loved ones so they can rest the ghosts in their mind while reminding the so-called civilised world that they collaborated with massacring millions.
The history is still raw. Every day the survivors walk the same streets as the unpunished perpetrators, providing a testimony of a time that too many would like to keep us in the dark about.
Every scrap of evidence is bagged and tagged, while others recall the tremendous courage and ingenuity employed by the living to become “transmitters of history.”
Guzman stresses the value of memory. “Those who have a memory are able to live in the fragile present moments. Those who have none don’t live anywhere,” he states.
A damning indictment of systematic genocide, the film illustrates that humanity has the resilience and imagination to learn from the past to make a better future.
It’s the common cause.
- Chilean singer Jara’s murderers arrested (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Indigenous Chileans Continue To Oppose Pinochet-Era Highway Project (eurasiareview.com)
- Chile makes arrests in Jara case (bbc.co.uk)