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Nostalgia for the Light
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NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT

Nostalgia de la luz

Directed by Patricio Guzmán
Chile, Spain, 2010
Documentary, History

Synopsis

The Atacama desert sky is so clear that scientists can see out into the universe. It is also a place where the heat preserves human remains. As astronomers gather in search of alien life, so do a group of women, digging for their relatives who disappeared under Chile’s dictatorship.

Synopsis

The Atacama desert sky is so clear that scientists can see out into the universe. It is also a place where the heat preserves human remains. As astronomers gather in search of alien life, so do a group of women, digging for their relatives who disappeared under Chile’s dictatorship.

Our take

History, geology, and astrology collide in this masterful documentary from Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán. A cosmically-charged rumination on a nation’s recent and ancient past, Nostalgia for the Light takes to the barren plains of the Atacama Desert for a profoundly moving poetic odyssey.