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Nostalgia for the Light (2010)
"Nostalgia de la luz" (original title)

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In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body ... See full summary »

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Gaspar Galaz ...
Himself - Astronomer
Lautaro Núñez ...
Himself - Archeologist
Luís Henríquez ...
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Miguel Lawner ...
Himself - Architect
Victor González ...
Himself - Engineer
Vicky Saaveda ...
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Violeta Berrios ...
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George Preston ...
Himself - Astronomer
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In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones, dumped unceremoniously by Pinochet's regime. Written by Anonymous

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Himself - Astronomer: [voiceover] The old German telescope, that I've seen once again after so many years, is still working in Santiago Chile. I owe my passion for astronomy to it. These objects, which could have come from my childhood home, remind me of that far off moment when one thinks one has left childhood behind. At that time, Chile was a haven of peace isolated from the world. Santiago slept in the foothills of the Cordillera, detached from the rest of the ...
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Those who have a memory are able to live in the fragile present moment. Those who have none don't live anywhere.
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This film is not a documentary in the traditional sense. It is more a work of poetry, or a spiritual experience.

The brutal results of Pinochet's military dictatorship are meshed with the search for the origins of the universe. Both subjects deal with the past, as we only have past and future; there is no present as Augustine said many years ago.

So, astronomers are really archaeologists. They study space to discover the past. Writer/director Patricio Guzmán combines this "archaeology" with the archaeologists who search the desert for the bodies buried by Pinochet.

A fascinating story.


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