9.13.17 Human Rights Film Series: Chile, Obstinate Memory

2017-2018 Human Rights Film Series
Aesthetics & Politics
Art History & Human Rights


Chile, Obstinate Memory

(1998, Director Patricio Guzmán)

WEDNESDAY, September 13, 2017
4:00 – 6:00pm

Konover Auditorium
Dodd Center
University of Connecticut

Featuring a post-show discussion with
Robin Greeley
Professor of Art and Art History
Free Admission

Chile Obstinate Memory Photo

CHILE, OBSTINATE MEMORY visits with Chileans who experienced the bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet’s army first-hand (some of whom are seen in Guzmán’s landmark 1975 film The Battle of Chile). Survivors reminisce as they watch that film, recognizing lost comrades and recalling their courage, gaiety and love of life. Those who were not killed during the coup itself were crowded into the National Stadium in Santiago, where many were tortured, disappeared, and never seen again. Survivors talk about the terror that characterized the Pinochet regime until the dictator was finally obliged to relinquish power.

Art historian and Latin American specialist, Robin Greeley, will speak briefly about Guzman’s film and the role of film and the visual arts in catalyzing Chile’s ongoing reckoning with the brutal Pinochet military dictatorship (1973-1990). As Obstinate Memory reveals, procedures of memory and forgetting regarding massive human rights abuses continue to be terrains of political struggle in Chile today. An open question and answer discussion will follow.