The Crimes of Pinochet (video)

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.


Chile – “The Crimes of Pinochet”

“He claimed he was Chile’s saviour but devised one of the worst concentration camp regimes since Hitler’s ‘Grand Plan.’ As Chile comes to terms with General Pinochet’s death, we offer you the definitive film on his crimes.

Under Pinochet’s regime, over a quarter of a million people were detained in prisons like the Chacabuco desert camp. These are the only images to have emerged from his camps and reveal the true horror of his regime. “They must stay here until they realise they are on the wrong path,” states the guard at Chacabuco Concentration camp. Nearby prisoners suspected of being Communists are forced to march and sing military songs. One of the victims filmed at the camp was Patricia Letelier. Now, she lives in exile in Scotland and recalls what happened to her at Chacabuco. “I heard shouting and screaming and knew what was waiting for me. Shortly afterwards my own torture began.” Powerful images show men kneeling with their hands in the air, being kicked and beaten with the butts of soldiers’ guns. Others show men being marched into the stadium stripped naked with blankets over their heads.” journeymanpictures



Updated: Mar. 9, 2018

Chile Divided: Pinochet’s Social Legacy

Journeyman Pictures on Jan 26, 2015

Fighting the Past (1999) – A powerful and comprehensive report on the divides dominating Chilean society.

The arrest of General Pinochet exposed the frightening hatreds between the political left and right in Chile. While the left reminded the world of Pinochet’s horrific crimes, the right demanded that the horrors be put in their proper context. These were not atrocities, the argument runs, but excesses—what hard men do to restore order and economic success in a harsh environment. In a Santiago theatre the emotional power-play of torture and disappearances finds expression. But their outlet in Chilean politics is stifled. Pinochet may not be in power anymore, but he certainly made sure his legacy would last. He changed the electoral rules so that the right had a stranglehold on the constitution. And though the democracy is flawed, its economy is the healthiest in South America, another side of the Pinochet legacy. Prosperity has sweetened memories. It helps explain why a solid third of the Chilean people still support a man the world reviles. The right has built memorials to the disappeared. Move on says the right. Don’t look back. Build a country for our children to play. But even if they should, can they stifle the anger of Pinochet’s victims?