USA/Chile, Documentary, 2006
73 min, BetaSP, Color
Spanish and English with English subtitles
Regal Metropolitan 11
Saturday, April 19, 2 PM
At age 16, Héctor Salgado was arrested and tortured by Augusto Pinochet's forces. By age 20, Héctor was without a country, living in exile in the United States, the very place whose devastating foreign policies toward Chile caused the death and torture of thousands of Chileans. The documentary follows Salgado as he returns to the country of his birth almost 30 years later, camera in hand, to confront the perpetrators of the violence and his former captors, and to look for explanations and justice. In the process Special Circumstances takes an unflinching look at US foreign policy in Latin America in the 1970s and the legacy of Pinochet with which Chile struggles today.
Marianne Teleki was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mexico, and Brazil. Special Circumstances, Marianne's directorial debut, received the Special Jury Prize at the International Documentary Film Festival, FIDOCS, in Santiago, Chile, and Best Documentary at the Berkeley Film Festival. Teleki also won the award for Best Bay Area Filmmaker at the International Latino Film Festival in San Francisco. She resides in Berkeley, California.
Producer: Marianne Teleki
Production Company: Tunnel Productions
Screenwriter: Shirley Thompson
Cinematographers: Sebastian Moreno, Pablo Insunza
Editors: Shirley Thompson, Heather Weaver
Music by: Manuel Meriño, Héctor Salgado