Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
North Americans often think of South America in relation to two products: revolutions and coffee. This Chilean film is about revolutions. It was made by Miguel Littin, who was the head of the national film studio, Chile Films, under Salvadore Allende. Shortly after Allende's fall from power, Littin was encouraged to leave Chile. Before he did, he made this film about a period of peasant uprisings and social unrest in the 1930s. The story concerns the efforts of Jose Duran (Nelson Villagra) to improve conditions for his fellow peasants. When he begins to be involved in issues of surrounding regions, he calls attention to himself and his group, and their small successes are imperiled.
family, history, revolution