Under Construction (or The Place I Was Born No Longer Exists)

  • Chile
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In the Providencia barrio of Santiago, Chile, a neighbor lives through the demolition of the house next door and the construction of a building in the same place, over a two- year period. Under Construction is about the passing of time and the transformation of a space where minor and major events occur: a death and a birth; neighborhoods disappearing; buildings being demolished and built; winters and springs passing. In the end, when the building is finished, the protagonist looks up at his new neighbors, while they look down at him from their balcony: evidence of a space (and a past) that they now control.


  • Original title
    Aquí se construye (o Ya no existe el lugar donde nací)
  • Direction
  • Duration
    77 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Chile
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • 7° Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia
    • 4o FIDOCS, Festival Internacional de Documentales de Santiago 2000
    • 15° BAFICI 2013
    • FICUNAM 2017
  • Awards
    • Gran Premio Competencia Nacional, Festival de Documentales de Santiago, Chile, 2000
    • Mejor Documental, temática urbana, Festival Docupolis, Barcelona, España, 2001
    • Premio concurso latinoamericano de pos-producción OCIC, 1999

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