Documentary Screening: Nostalgia For The Light (Director: Patricio Guzman)
Monday, 27 October 2014 from 17:30 to 20:30 (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Alborada and Open Democracy presents:
Nostalgia For The Light (Director: Patricio Guzman, 2010, 90 minutes)
With zero humidity, South America’s Atacama desert is the driest place on earth – and the perfect location for astronomers to study the night sky. Scientists from around the world have flocked here, using giant telescopes to unlock the secrets of the galaxy. The climate and massive salt deposits also preserve the secrets in the earth, making the region a haven for archaeologists as well, who are able to study how the area has been a transit route for 10,000 years. But it is the more recent past – and its terrible secrets – which concern director Patricio Guzman. The desert hosted the largest concentration camp for political prisoners of the Pinochet regime in Chile, thousands of whom were assassinated and buried here; their remains still searched for by grieving relatives. In a thought provoking, stirring and meditative tour de force which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Guzman explores the many paradoxes of a remarkable land.
This documentary was recently ranked as the 12th best documentary of all time by Sight and Sound magazine
Screening Room: 6pm - 8.30pm
**There will be Chilean empanadas (meat and cheese) for sale on the night**
Bar area: 6pm-11pm: Alborada Soundsystem DJs and playlists offering Latin and global sounds.
More information: info[at]alborada[dot]net
Watch the documentary's trailer here:
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Alborada is an independent platform for Latin America-related issues such as politics, media and culture. We organise documentary screenings and talks about the region, offering perspectives rarely found in the mainstream media.