Nostalgia for the Light

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Shown: January 2, 2013 at 6pm

Director : Patricio Guzmán

Country : Chile

Release Date : 2011

Duration : 90 mins

Language : Spanish

Subtitles : Yes

A documentary which addresses the lasting impacts of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.  Guzmán focuses on the similarities between astronomers researching humanity’s past, in an astronomical sense, and the struggle of many Chilean women who still search, after decades, for the remnants of their relatives (“the disappeared”) executed during the dictatorship.  Guzmán narrates the documentary himself and the film includes interviews and commentary from those affected and from astronomers and archeologists.

“A transfixing cinematic essay.”  (Stephen Holden – New York Times)