Risk your body – obtain a new constitution

    POLITICS: At Cannes, Patrizio Guzmán´s documentary offers one of the rare elements of hope in global politics.
    Director: Patricio Guzmán
    Producer: Renate Sachse
    Country: Chile

    With his intense, calm, fragile voice and cosmopolitical-driven comments, the Santiago-born Patricio Guzmán again returns to the place of his childhood, where a longtime expressed hope seems to get a reality these days.

    A decade of torture under Pinochet’s Junta, followed by a phase of permanent renunciation and relativisation of the crimes, is the political background for a systematic impoverishment of a whole population. During the military dictatorship, the neo-liberal system was continued by right-wing leaders such as Patricio Aylwin, Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, and since 2017, Sebastián Piñera. They all created the state of the unbearable. Real functional medical services have been accessible only to the elite; a collapsing education system, and the elderly who need to sell their last goods on the street are just some examples of a society without a real will for change and justice. Chilean governments had prepared the spirit of a growing rebellion for decades.

    My Imaginary Country, a film by Patricio Guzmán
    My Imaginary Country, a film by Patricio Guzmán

    New (old) tensions

    The complete ignorance facing peaceful demonstrations again raises the tensions. Still, the drop on the barrel to let the suppressed energies explode was the insignificant seeming augmentation of metro ticket prices . . .

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