Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Battle of Chile

“All points of view about a historical reality are valid and contribute to building a country’s history,” a wise young student says in “Chile, Obstinate Memory,” the heartbreaking homecoming film from the four-disc edition of Patricio Guzman’s mid-70s documentary, “The Battle of Chile,” just released by Icarus Films. The three parts of “The Battle of Chile” (“The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie,” “The Coup d’Etat,” and “The Power of The People”) comprise a meticulous and gripping eyewitness account of the events that culminated in the CIA-backed military coup that led to the assassination of the country’s democratically-elected president, Salvador Allende.

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