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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

La Batalla De Chile : La Lucha De Un Pueblo Sin Armas

Fortnight 1975, Feature film, 1h30


It is the only film about President Allende’s government last year which was shot by a Chilean crew that witnessed the exceptionnal events that no other source of information could have provided.
For the first time in Latin America, it was possible to shoot each day of a revolutionnary situation during its development and to systematiccaly record the fascist methods used by Imperialism and the « bourgeoisie » to bring the Popular Government to its end.
THE BATTLE OF CHILE : THE STRUGGLE OF AN UNARMED PEOPLE is a trilogy whose parts are independant from each other and which can be seen together or seperately.


Patricio Guzman

From 1966 to 1969, Patricio Guzmán studied at the Official School of Cinema in Madrid. In the 1970’s, he observes Salvadore Allende’s government and produces and directs « La Batalla de Chile », a documentary trilogy on which he works with Chris Marker. The film that collects several major awards, is one of the basis of his work. Expatriated in Paris, he remains strongly attached to his country of origin and its history. He directs thus several documentaries about the 20th century Chile, focusing on two major political characters : Augusto Pinochet (« Le Cas Pinochet », 2001) and Salvador Allende (2004). He depicted too the struggle of the Catholic Church in defending Human Rights in « En nombre de Dios » (1987).

Patricio Guzman

Jorge Müller

Production : EQUIPO TERCER ANO avec la collaboration de Chris Marker et de l’icaic (Instituto Cubano des Arte e Industria Cinematograficos)

Title in Original Version : La Bataille Du Chili : La Lutte d'Un Peuple Sans Armes