Santiago, Italy – a Documentary

One more of many Siskel Center offerings, Santiago, Italy is a documentary about the 1973 events in Chile, and about the chilean people who found their new home in Italy.

After many years of Soviet propaganda, and then after many years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, it is easy to fall into a habit of thinking that everything that we were told back then was propaganda :). It took me as a surprise to hear that Salvador Allende, indeed, was building socialism in Chile and that he indeed had the broad support of the Chilean people. And that the Communist Party of Italy was, indeed, a serious political power in the ’70s. 

Also, I saw a lot of footage of coup d’état, which I do not remember seen back in the ’70s, and I do not know why especially because I’ve seen some other pieces. It was a very strange feeling. I have already forgotten that the events of 1973 were tragic ones, and this documentary reminded me of them. People are telling about their experience, real people, they pause, they repeat themselves and start over. They are trying to find the right words to describe their feelings; they laugh and cry…

2 thoughts on “Santiago, Italy – a Documentary

  1. One of the YouTube channels I track is “Rare Earth,” a Canadian production that is sometimes very good though not always. They did two outstanding programs on Chile and the coup. I posted links to them back on September 11, 2018:

    https://yipabides.wordpress.com/2018/09/11/250/

    It’s worth a visit if you’re curious, even if I do say so myself.

    Back when the coup happened, I was outraged… but that was then… before the 21st Century brought us Dubya and Trump.

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