My Imaginary Country
An engaging portrayal of a country fighting for democracy and equality, and how they find political optimism when they stand united.
In 2019, the citizens of Santiago hit the streets to rally against the financial and social inequality in a protest that eventually mobilized the whole country and would last for over two years.
Guzmán gives a personal and lyrical narrative, carefully painting a picture of a country ablaze. But the story is mainly conveyed through interviews with different women, filled with rage and indignation – as well as hope and love for their country. The uprisings are urgent and necessary so they can turn the country around and build a democratic Chile.
My Imaginary Country features harrowing shots from the clashes with the military forces and spectacular drone footage of the huge crowds of protesters. Masterfully woven together with the heartfelt testimonies, Guzmán tells the inspiring story of the courageous drive of those who unite against injustice.
Patricio Guzmán was born in 1941 in Chile and is known for his award-winning documentaries focusing on social and political concerns in his home country. He is internationally renowned for movies such as Nostalgia for the Light (2010) and The Pearl Button (2015). The Battle of Chile (1975-1979), Guzmán’s impressive 4 and 1/2 hour long documentary trilogy about Salvador Allende's final year, was declared by The Cineaste Magazine as one of the ten best political films in the world.
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Original title Mi País Imaginario
Director Patricio Guzmán
Screenplay Patricio Guzmán
Cinematography Samuel Lahu
Producer Renate Sachse, Alexandra Galvis
Production Company Atacama Productions, Market Chile, ARTE France Cinéma
Distribution Icarus Films
Runtime 1h 23m
Age limit 12