A documentary film in 3 parts: The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie (1975), The Coup d’état (1976), Popular Power (1979). It chronicles the political tension in Chile in 1972-1973 and the violent counterrevolution against the democratically elected socialist President Salvador Allende.
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"A non-violent Leftist movement was un-Democratically taken out of power. The viewer outside of Chile is going to say 'Well that is contrary to the values that the West openly espouses and as such our sympathies should not be with the institutions that were responsible for dismantling Democracy here, but rather with the Left.'"
Valuable for its footage but unforgivably biased. Could have easily been made in a more balanced way, the fact that it wasn't questions the whole process and Guzman ethics as a filmmaker. I would be baffled of the high ratings if not for other examples of highly positive responses to (especially left-wing) propaganda. Still deserves to be seen for the most part of its footage.
Politcally-commited account and lucid insight into one of numerous failed attempts to radically transform the socio-political status quo in Latin-America, one that perpetuated a malaise of chronic inequality and marginalisation. Guzmán also highlights the naive spirit of this revolution. It also shows how far we still are from voluntary accepting the need of ethical values at the core of our own political systems.