Synopsis by Josh Ralske
In 1973, when General Augusto Pinochet seized power in Chile in a bloody, U.S.-backed coup, Alejandro Goic, Enrique Paris, and Carolina Toha were children. Thirty years later, their friend, filmmaker Paula Rodriguez, interviewed the three about their experiences from the time of the coup through Pinochet's arrest in England in 1998 and his subsequent return, in disgrace, to Chile. Both Paris and Toha's fathers were part of Salvador Allende's government, murdered by the new regime. While Goic remained in the country as a Socialist student activist, Paris and Toha were taken out of the country, and returned years later to take up the cause. Rodriguez uses old news footage, home video, and photos of the old events, along with contemporary interviews with her three friends, who go into detail about their activism, their feelings about the regime and its supporters, the changes the government has gone through, and their hopes for Chile's future. Goic, who lived in Chile during the worst of Pinochet's abuses, also describes his torture at the hands of the Chilean military. Pinochet's Children had its New York premiere at the 2003 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival.
activism, anger, arrest, Chile, coup, follow-up, oppression, political-change, regime, torture