Chilean Docs Conquer the Festival World
Set out to the south of Latin America towards the colourful Chilean documentary in the cold winter days! Explore a variety of themes, directors‘ approaches and film images offering the best of contemporary Chilean cinema. Seize the unique moment as DAFilms.com, in collaboration with ChileDoc documentary organization, brings you an exclusive selection of 8 star films of the Chilean film scene for the first time in the portal’s history from January 12 to 18 for free!
Have you noticed that the festival catalogues teem with the names of Latin American filmmakers more and more often? Latin America claims its place in the sun of world cinema and DAFilms.com will show you that it is rightly so. Discover the selection of leading Chilean documentaries brought to you in collaboration with the local organization ChileDoc! Since 2010, it has supported Chilean documentary film in all stages of production, including international promotion. Read more about the particular ways in which the platform helps filmmakers in our interview.
History; the past and present one, the collective and personal one; creates the framework interconnecting several of the presented documentaries. An evaluation of the political events of the recent months is provided in PROPAGANDA, a film awarded by the jury of Visions du Réel festival, looking back at the presidential campaign which engulfed the country in 2013. Over ten Chilean directors explore the meaning of politics in contemporary Chilean society and the notion of an ideal voter on the Chilean political scene. The history of the country is also discussed in EL EDIFICIO DE LOS CHILENOS, revealing the untraditional story of the abandoned children of exiles who decided to return to their native country in the late 1970s and fight the dictatorial regime.
A journey towards the revelation of a personal family tragedy is the theme of the documentary road movie HIJA, with a mother and daughter setting out on a common journey to find out that the boundary between truth and lies is dangerously thin. The life story of an ageing circus comedian is followed in EL GRAN CIRCO POBRE DE TIMOTEO which lets the viewers experience the bitterness of the personal struggle with admitting to oneself that one is losing physical strength. Such a struggle is also daily faced by the residents of a nursing home, the protagonists of the ZagrebDOX winner LA ÚLTIMA ESTACIÓN.
The eight selected documentaries further include the three films EL SALVAVIDAS, LAS MUJERES DEL PASAJERO and NAOMI CAMPBEL; a documentary which attracted attention in 2013 during the Doc Alliance CPH:DOX festival, as the film with a protagonist undergoing gender transformation on the backdrop of a reality show met with a positive response both on the part of viewers and film critics.
Find out why Latin America should not be missing on your personal documentary map and stream the selection of Chilean documentaries from January 12 to 18 at DAFilms.com for free!
Films for the event
Las Mujeres del Pasajero (Orig.) / 2012 / Chile / 52 min
The women in this documentary have a lot of cleaning to do. They work in motel El Pasajero, where the guests generally don’t stay longer than a few hours. The rooms don’t have to be particularly beautiful, either; as long as there’s a bed on which the couples can indulge their carnal passions, sometimes under the influence of alcohol and drugs...
El Edificio de los Chilenos (Orig.) / 2010 / Chile / 100 min
Towards the end of the seventies, the militants of MIR exiled in Europe decided to return to Chile in order to support the fight against the military dictatorship. The ones who could would help through legal means, others through clandestinity...
El gran circo pobre de Timoteo (Orig.) / 2013 / Chile / 75 min
The comedian Timoteo is the leader of a cross-dresser circus that has toured through Chile for forty years. Today his advanced age and health are reason for concern regarding the continuity of the show...
El Salvavidas (Orig.) / 2011 / Chile / 64 min
Mauricio is a lifeguard who tries to steer clear from getting in the water, he believes that a good professional applies preventive measures to stop people from drowning. The problem is that those who come to the beach in the summer want to forget that during the year someone tells them what to do. Nobody wants to do what they’re told and he doesn’t want to risk his life for them.
La Última Estación (Orig.) / 2012 / Chile / 90 min
Documentary film about old age that takes place in nursing homes. Under the contemplative look of a camera, the life and moments some old people face in their last stage are portrayed in an atmosphere of solitude and abandonment. These homes, and their long lasting passage of time, are the last station in life before setting out on the inevitable journey to death.
Naomi Campbel (Orig.) / 2013 / Chile / 82 min
Thirty-year-old Yermén is a transsexual woman who works as a spiritual adviser and fortune teller. She enjoys filming her neighbours and street dogs in her neighbourhood in the suburbs of Santiago de Chile. Her unclear identity frightens the people she meets. Yermén dreams of a sex change and signs up for a TV contest in which the main prize is the plastic surgery of your choice...