Nostalgia For The Light Review

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At 10,000ft above sea-level, the vast Atacama Desert offers astronomers a perfect vantage point from which to study the universe. Nearby, however, lie painful reminders of the horrors of Chile's Pinochet regime; from the remains of a 19th century slave mi


Inspired by the notion that the time light takes to travel means that everything happens in the past, Chilean documentarist Patricio Guzmán travels to the Atacama Desert to expose the legacy of the crimes committed by the Pinochet regime. Among the astronomers and archaeologists searching for truth in the arid landscape, Guzmán encounters Violeta Berrios and Vicky Saavedra, who search for fragments left behind by those murdered at the Chacabuco concentration camp. Images of the dictatorship’s detailed records of torture will leave an indelible impression.

A truly insightful art film that still manages to be easy-going and unpretentious.