CinemaAttic Presents: Chile 50 Years On
Thu 21 September 2023
This September, we gather to remember and reflect upon a significant event in Chile’s history – the 50th anniversary of the coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. This event marked a turning point in our nation’s trajectory, leaving an indelible impact on the lives of countless Chileans.
On September 11, 1973, Chile experienced a rupture of democracy and a brutal violation of human rights. The military coup resulted in the overthrow of President Salvador Allende and the establishment of a military dictatorship that lasted for nearly two decades.
As we commemorate this solemn anniversary, it is crucial to remember the victims of Pinochet’s regime. Thousands of individuals were subjected to torture, forced disappearances, and extrajudicial killings. Families were torn apart, and the wounds inflicted during those dark days still echo through our society.
However, amidst the pain and suffering, we must also acknowledge the resilience and strength of the Chilean people. Today, we stand united in our commitment to human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. We pay tribute to the brave individuals who fought for justice and democracy during those difficult years. Their sacrifice and courage have paved the way for a more inclusive and just society.
As we remember this 50th anniversary, we join FABULA and other organisations working for a world where every voice is heard, where justice prevails, and where the horrors of the past remain forever in our collective memory. May we continue to work towards a society where human rights are respected, and where the dignity of every individual is upheld.
This programme of short films will be introduced by Carlos Arredondo - a Chilean refugee, poet and musician who, together with the universities and the Chilean diaspora, has organised a number of events of remembrance happening in September.