Patricio Guzmán


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Patricio Guzmán
“A country without documentaries is like a family without a photo album.”—Patricio Guzmán

After the coup d’etat that brought down Salvador Allende, Patricio Guzmán was held in solitary confinement in Santiago’s National Stadium and threatened with execution. He abandoned Chile in November 1973 and has since been making films and living in Cuba, Spain, and France. Six of his films have premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and he has had recent retrospectives at the British Film Institute and Harvard Film Archive. He is the founder of the Documentary Film Festival of Santiago and has recently been named to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His heartbreaking trilogy The Battle of Chile is considered one of the best documentary films ever made. Patricio Guzmán’s visit is sponsored by Andrew Mellon Foundation and hosted by the Center for Documentary Research and Practice with support from IU Cinema, The Media School, the Black Film Center/Archive, the College Arts and Humanities Institute, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.