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Nostalgia de la luz (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 17 March 2011 (USA)
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A documentary about two different searches conducted in the Chilean Atacama Desert: one by astronomers looking for answers about the history of the cosmos, and one by women looking for the remains of loved ones killed by Pinochet's regime.

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Patricio Guzmán
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Gaspar Galaz Gaspar Galaz ... Himself - Astronomer
Lautaro Núñez Lautaro Núñez ... Himself - Archeologist
Luís Henríquez Luís Henríquez ... Himself
Miguel Lawner Miguel Lawner ... Himself - Architect
Victor González Victor González ... Himself - Engineer
Vicky Saaveda Vicky Saaveda ... Herself
Violeta Berrios Violeta Berrios ... Herself
George Preston George Preston ... Himself - Astronomer
Valentina Rodríguez Valentina Rodríguez ... Herself
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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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17 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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Nostalgia da Luz See more »

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Atacama Desert, Chile See more »

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[in Spanish, using English subtitles]
Gaspar Galaz - 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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A very beautiful and profound movie
12 September 2011 | by sofianotes1See all my reviews

The Atacama Desert in Chile is believed to be one of the driest places in the world. Some of its river beds have not seen water for more than 120,000 years. Because of its high altitude, nearly non-existent cloud cover, dry air, and lack of light pollution and radio interference from the very widely spaced cities, the desert is one of the best places in the world to conduct astronomical observations.

As a result, the world's astronomers flock to the Atacama to gaze out into the universe and to search for evidence and artifacts from the beginning of time. These "archaeologists of time" decompose the stars into their constituent elements one of which is calcium.

Elsewhere in the desert, other "archaeologists" search among the pebbles and dust for evidence of calcium. They are looking for bones. Or at least fragments of bones. They are the mothers, brothers, sisters and wives of Chile's disappeared. During Pinochet's military dictatorship many thousands of Chileans were abducted and killed and their bodies disposed of in the Atacama. Forty years later their relatives still search the desert for any sign or bone fragment that might give a clue to where their loved ones lie.

Patricio Guzman juxtaposes these two sets of archaeologists in his beautiful documentary, "Nostalgia for the Light". In many ways they both seek answers to the same question. They try to find the true meaning of life.

There are some very moving scenes in this movie. In one, a lady in her seventies sits in the desert, in tears, and proclaims that she will never stop looking for the remains of her loved one. In the other, a young Chilean astronomer, whose parents were killed by the government when she was only one, clutches her new born baby (this scene is just wonderful). She displays the transcendent wisdom of someone of far greater years as she explains how she has, through her work and observations, come to terms with their murder.

An unmissable movie.

http://sofia-notes.blogspot.com/2011/09/nostalgia-for-light.html


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