Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
For five days in 1984 in Chile there were national protests against their dictator Augusto Pinochet. The anonymous director(s) of this documentary secretly recorded the demonstrations, their speakers, police brutality, and even one segment with a just-released political prisoner who spoke of new methods of torture used in the jails. Police violence against demonstrators is courageously recorded under severe duress -- obviously the cameramen/women may have been killed if they were caught in the act of documenting the unrest. In one scene of many, demonstrators shout out to the police -- who are about to fire into the crowd -- aren't they afraid of what will happen to them when Pinochet is ousted? -- words that did nothing to stop the bullets. This film could have benefitted from more extensive editing and additional narration and commentary, but it is still a moving condemnation of oppression in Chile. Sequences in the documentary were smuggled out of the country and then edited and put together in Paris. The people responsible for the documentary remain anonymous to protect themselves and their families from reprisals.
Chile, dictator, oppression, police-brutality, political-demonstration, political-prisoner, political-unrest, protester, torture, unrest