Namibian Premiere of Chile's Machuca
Starts: Tuesday, 9 September, 2014 04:30pm
Considered to be among the Top-Twenty of Great Latin American Cinema of the last 20 years, Andres Wood’s Machuca was originally screened in Directors Fortnight at Cannes 2004, won a Special Mention award at the same festival, and became the official Chilean selection for the foreign language Academy Award in 2004.
Set in Chile, 1973, this is an astonishingly intimate and painful coming-of-age story about a pair of 12-year-old boys from opposite extremes of society who form an unlikely friendship during the last days of President Allende and the first days of Pinochet. The potent events are accompanied by a searingly beautiful soundtrack with heart-stopping beats that propel the drama of the story.
There is no separating the personal from the political in "Machuca."
With this screening, AfricAvenir wants to highlight great cinema cultures from around the world. As this is such a great movie and Latin American cinema finds it equally challenging as African cinema to break through to main markets globally, we decided on this superb cinematic product, in the month of September, in which Chile remembers the wounds of the past, forgotten by the majority around the globe.