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Refugees in Their Own Land

(Refugiados en su tierra)
Argentina, 2013

Spanish with English subtitles.

Directors: Fernando Molina, Nicolás Bietti Production Company: MOBIO Cinematographer: Fernando Molina Editors: Fernando Molina, Nicolás Bietti Sound Recording: Nicolás Bietti Sound Mastering: Fernando Molina, Nicolás Bietti

The immediate impact and dramatic photos from natural disasters dominate the media. But what about the period afterwards? This quietly powerful documentary captures the devastation and heroism of a community in those months and years after such a crisis. Filmed during four years in Chaitén in the south of Chile, it tells the story of a group of people who re-occupy their town, which was partly buried by a volcanic eruption and flood, in order to stop the authorities from forcing them to abandon it. The few remaining residents live among the ashes, mired in a sense of abandonment and persecuted by the State, trying to find a way to defend their identity.

Connection to one’s traditional land is a sentiment far deeper than words, and is brilliantly captured in this contemplative and richly visual film. (AM)

Filmado durante cuatro años en el sur de Chile, el documental narra la vida de un grupo de personas que regresa a su pueblo, tras la erupción de un volcán, para impedir que las autoridades abandonen el lugar. Allí se encuentran con un escenario desolador, el río se ha desbordado y muchas casas han desaparecido por completo. Los años pasan y el veredicto final sobre el futuro del pueblo no llega. El tiempo parece haberse detenido. Ahora viven entre las cenizas, sumidos en el abandono y perseguidos por el Estado, buscando defender su identidad.

2:45 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Fernando Molina (b. 1980, Argentina) and Nicolás Bietti (b. 1979, Argentina) both have extensive backgrounds in photography and audiovisual production. Their first feature film, Refugiados en su tierra, won Best Documentary at the Cine Pobre Festival in Cuba and a Special Jury Mention for Best Iberoamerican Documentary at DocsDF in Mexico.

Community Partner: Amnesty International