France / Chile / Spain 2015, 82 min, Spanish, Hebrew & English subtitles
Out in Chile’s magnificent wilderness, forces of life and death are bound together inseparably. From volcanoes to icebergs, from the Atacama Desert, the most arid desert in the world, to its 6,435-kilometer coastline—Chile’s breathtaking views thrill and terrify, kill and vivify, just like the harsh history of its people. Patricio Guzmán returns to his homeland to listen to the voice of nature and the memory of water. They tell him of the long, bloodstained road that led to the Chile of today.
Guzmán tells the story of the Patagonian indigenous tribes, whose culture, language, folklore, and deep connection to the land were severed and wiped out by White man; and the story of the people imprisoned during Pinochet’s dictatorship. Both stories faded from human memory, but nature refuses to let them be erased.
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