"Nostalgia for the Light" (dir. Patricio Guzmán, 2010, Chile), introduction and Q&A with Dr. Arturo Marquez-Gomez

Tuesday, Feb, 23 2016 — 7:30 PM
At: Sewanee Union Theatre

The Mellon Globalization Forum invites all to the third screening in its About the Body: A World Film Series titled "Nostalgia for the Light" (dir. Patricio Guzmán, 2010, Chile), with introduction and Q&A with Dr. Arturo Marquez-Gomez on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Synopsis: "It isn't simply that Patricio Guzmán's Chilean documentary 'Nostalgia for the Light' is moving: it has a tragic grandeur that really is very remarkable. It is deeply intelligent, intensely and painfully political, and yet attempts, and succeeds, somehow to transcend politics and perhaps even history itself. The film found its starting point in the title of a 1987 book by the French scientist Michel Cassé: Nostalgia for the Light: Mountains and Wonders of Astrophysics. It reflects on how a golden age for Chilean astronomy was due to begin in the vast lunar landscape of the Atacama desert whose high altitude and dry climate made it the ideal site for a huge new observatory in 1977 and promised to open up the country as a scientific Mecca.

"But in the same era Chile was destined to be a closed society, and Atacama became known as the site for the Chacabuco Mine prisons: the concentration camps instituted by General Pinochet for political opponents. Later, bodies were buried in secret mass graves in the desert. Some were uncovered – the resulting TV pictures have echoes of Cambodia, the former Yugoslavia and wartime Germany – but not all. Now, in 2012, the grim and bitter business of searching goes on. The wives and sisters of the disappeared, now old women, continue their daunting task in the colossal desert, and will do so until death overtakes them. Guzmán interviews one, Violeta Barrios, and it is a stunning and heart-rending piece of cinema. [...]"

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, July 12, 2012

Movie Trailer:

The World Film Series is sponsored by the Mellon Globalization Forum and the SUT in conjunction with the conference “Why All the Fuss about the Body?”: Local and Global/ized Bodies (April 11-16, 2016). Free and open to the public.

  • Monday March 7, The Tribe(dir. Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, 2015, Ukraine), introduction and Q&A with Dr. Yuliya Ladygina

  • Monday, March 21, I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone(dir. Tsai Ming-liang, 2006, Taiwan and Malaysia), introduction and Q&A with Brandon Kemp and Dr. Casey Schoenberger

  • Tuesday, April 12, Yesterday (dir. Darrell Roodt, 2004, South Africa), introduction and Q&A with Dr. Amy Patterson 

  • Tuesday, April 19, The Skin I Live In (dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 2011, Spain), introduction and Q&A with Dr. Arturo Marquez-Gomez

  • Monday, April 25, Son of Saul (dir. László Nemes, 2015, Hungary), introduction and Q&A with Dr. Justyna Beinek

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