Nostalgia For The Light (Nostalgia De La Luz)
Directed by Patricio Guzmán | CHILE / FRANCE / GERMANY | 2010 | 90min | Subtitled
The past can either haunt or enlighten us, propelling us forward to head confidently back to the rest of our lives, or keeping us in the vicious cycle of never quite understanding. Set against the backdrop of Chile’s eerie Atacama Desert, esteemed screenwriter/director Patricio Guzmán sheds light on the link between a group of astronomers and their study of the distant past of our unknown galaxy, and a group of valiant women’s last attempts at uncovering what is rightfully theirs—the remains of their loved ones who were cruelly tortured, killed, and then unceremoniously dumped during Pinochet’s reign in the 1970s. NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT is a provocative portrayal of how we treat and acknowledge the past. It presents the parallels between a horrendous event that society chooses not to acknowledge and the widely accepted and appreciated practice of astronomy. Winner of the European Film Academy Documentary-Prix Arte and co-winner of the Black Pearl Award for Best Documentary at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. - Julia Speace
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