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Chile

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The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability - Peter Kornbluh

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Fear in Chile: Lives Under Pinochet - Patricia Politzer

Stitching Truth: Women's Protest Art in Pinochet's Chile - Dan Eshet

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Tapestries of Hope, Threads of Love: The Arpillera Movement in Chile - Marjorie Agosín

 

Machuca Film Trailer

In 1973, the Chilean military, under the direction of General Augusto Pinochet and backed by the CIA, overthrew the shaky socialist government of democratically elected President Salvador Allende. The coup led to the murder of 3,000 leftist Allende supporters and the detention of an estimated 250,000 political prisoners. Set against the background of the political instability that led to that crisis, Andrés Wood's Machuca is a story of the friendship between two twelve-year-old boys from different sides of the social spectrum.

 

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Machuca.
In 1973, the Chilean military, under the direction of General Augusto Pinochet and backed by the CIA, overthrew the shaky socialist government of democratically elected President Salvador Allende. The coup led to the murder of 3,000 leftist Allende supporters and the detention of an estimated 250,000 political prisoners. Set against the background of the political instability that led to that crisis, Andrés Wood's Machuca is a story of the friendship between two twelve-year-old boys from different sides of the social spectrum.

Malajunta.
Examines the 1976-1983 period in Argentina, when that nation was terrorized by one of the cruelest military dictatorships in Latin American history which resulted in the kidnapping and "disappearing" of over 30,000 people and the imprisonment and torture of more than 10,000 political prisoners. Film also documents the 1983 return to democracy, the subsequent trials and pardons of the military leaders, and their bitter legacy which continues to divide the country, blending archival footage with interviews with historians, writers, artists, lawyers and the children of "disappeared" persons.

Cautiva.
Cristina's life is thrown into turmoil when she is suddenly escorted from her strict Catholic school and told that she is really Sofía Lombardi, the daughter of activists who disappeared in the '70s. Questioning everything she once thought true, Cristina embarks on a journey to find her true identity. Meeting others like herself, the young girl soon discovers the real-life horrors of Argentina's relatively recent past and the nightmare that claimed tens of thousands of lives during the country's 'Dirty War.'

The Official Story.
An Argentine teacher lives in blissful ignorance of the evils perpetrated by her country's government. Over time, she begins to suspect that her adopted daughter may have been the child of a murdered political prisoner. When she attempts to unearth the truth, her investigation reveals levels of political corruption so abhorrent that the illusions of her past life are irrevocably shattered.

If the Mango Tree Could Speak. New Day Film, 1993.
A portrait of ten children, ages 12 to 15, growing up in the midst of war in Guatemala and El Salvador.

Pictures from a Revolution. Distributed by New Video, 2007.
In this discourse on the power of images, photojournalist Susan Meiselas returns to the scenes of a revolution she witnessed and captured with her camera in war-torn Nicaragua in the late 70s and 80s. Delving into the lives of guerrillas, Sandinistas, and bystanders a decade after they faced off in a bloody struggle, this film finds both disappointment and modest pride amidst still-fresh, stirring memories. Once photographed wielding contact bombs and marching in the streets, these incredible Nicaraguans now live much as they did before the revolutionary days.

State of Fear. New Day Films, 2005.
The Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission's official report chronicles the atrocities of both sides during the twenty year war between Abimael Guzman's revolutionary "Shining path" Indian guerrilla movement and the establishment governments. The Commission presents an alternate lens through which citizens of Peru can evaluate the inequalities their Indian people sought to address and the inevitable ravages modern terrorism brings to everyone.

When the Mountains Tremble.
Chronicles the astonishing, true story of Nobel Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú, who is a Quinché Indian woman, as she stood up for her people and helped wage a rebellion in the wake of seemingly unconquerable oppression. Shot at the height of the heated battle between the heavily-armed Guatemalan Military and the nearly defenseless Mayan population.

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Argentina

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Circle of Love Over Death: The Story of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo - Matilde Mellibovsky

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Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number - Jacobo Timerman
An Argentine newspaper publisher who dared to criticize his government's policy of cruel repression, tells the story of his arrest, imprisonment, and torture.

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Imagining Argentina (Fiction) - Lawrence Thornton
When Carlos Rueda's wife suddenly disappears, he discovers he has visions of the fates of the desaparecidos, the disappeareds. However, he has none about his wife.

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