October 03, 2023 #ChileDemocratic #ChileDiverse

"Identity, Memory and Future": the view of Chileans in Sweden, Argentina and Mexico.

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The four pieces produced by Fundación Imagen de Chile, premiered for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the coup d'état, already have almost 8 million views on Youtube. 

A little more than a month after its release, the documentary "50 years: Identity, Memory and Future" has accumulated almost 10 thousand views on YouTube. The production, made by Fundación Imagen de Chile, occupies a central place in a campaign of the institution for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the coup d'état, being its objective to bring closer the reality of Chileans living abroad and those who live in Chile. Today there are more than one million 200 thousand Chileans, or descendants of Chileans, living outside the country.

"We wanted to collect, portray and share that reality, to show those lives, human stories, of Chileans who live in those little pieces of Chile, who are housed in those memories, customs, but also in a concrete everyday life. What they think, how they live. What they keep of Chilean culture, how they live in that mix, what they long for, what they value about Chile," said Rossana Dresdner, executive director of Fundación Imagen de Chile.

With a running time of 33 minutes, the documentary presents testimonies of Chileans living in Sweden, Mexico and Argentina, many of whom left in exile after the military coup and today, 50 years later, have forged a new life and identity in other territories. Also included are testimonies of Chileans who have traveled more recently, for work or study reasons, and who have integrated into the Chilean community abroad. 

In addition to the centerpiece, three additional documentaries have been produced, each focusing on one of the aforementioned countries. Together, these documentaries and their respective trailers have accumulated almost 8 million views. Likewise, as part of this initiative, a website has been launched that hosts the four audiovisual pieces, and also offers diverse content that reflects the reality of Chileans living far from their borders and how the world has perceived them over the last 50 years.

"We think it is a universal material that speaks of a current and future reality, both in Chile but also in the world: migration, exile and national identity beyond physical borders. We have wanted to give an account of individual experiences and, from these, to show the link they maintain with Chile and Chileanness", adds Dresdner.


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