Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Nostalgia for the Light
RE-VERZIO Documentary Film Series
Patricio Guzmán / Chile & France & Germany & Spain / 2010 / 90 min / Spanish
Patricio Guzmán travels 3,000 meters above sea level to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, where astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars. The sky is so clear that it allows them to see right to the boundaries of the universe. The Atacama is also a place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: those of Pre-Columbian mummies; nineteenth-century explorers and miners; and the bodies of political prisoners who were "disappeared" by the Chilean army after the military coup in September 1973. While astronomers examine the most distant and oldest galaxies, at the foot of the mountains, surviving relatives of the disappeared search, twenty-five years on, for the remains of their loved ones, and to reclaim their families' histories. Melding the celestial quest of the astronomers with the earthly quest of the women, Nostalgia for the Light is a moving and deeply personal odyssey.
The fifth in the Re-Verzio series: OSA and Verzio Film Festival present six outstanding documentaries, the most popular films of the 9th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. For more details, see the pdf flyer below.
Films are screened in original language with English subtitles.