After the 1973 coup that deposed Allende and brought Pinochet to power in Chile, the former members of his cabinet are imprisoned on Dawson Island, the world’s southernmost concentration camp. Veteran filmmaker Miguel Littin follows the ordeal of these men who are determined to survive and provide history with their testimony. —Palm Springs International Film Festival
Miguel Ernesto Littín Cucumides (9 August 1942 in Palmilla) is a Chilean film director, screenwriter, film producer and novelist. He was born to a Palestinian father, Hernán Littin and a Greek mother, Cristina Cucumides.
Miguel Littín directed the most popular Chilean film of all times, El Chacal de Nahueltoro (1969) becoming a figure of the New Latin American Cinema.
Littín was exiled in México shortly after Augusto Pinochet came to power in a violent military coup, which ousted the democratically elected socialist president Salvador Allende, on September 11, 1973.
In México he did several films. Letters from Marusia, based on a miners strike in Chile. El Recurso del Método (Long Live the President) based on the Alejo Carpentier’s book El Recurso del método (Reasons of State) a co-production with France and Cuba. The Widow of Montiel with Geraldine Chaplin based on a Gabriel García Márquez short story. Then he went to Nicaragua to do Alsino and the Condor, based… read more