At 16, Hector Salgado was arrested and tortured by Pinochet's forces. By 20, Hector was without a country, living in exile in the US, the very place whose devastating foreign policies in Chile caused the death and torture of 1,000s of Chileans. The documentary follows Hector as he returns to Chile almost 30 years later, camera in hand, to confront the perpetrators and his former captors looking for answers and justice. In the process 'Special Circumstances' takes an unflinching look at US foreign policy in Latin America in the '70s and the legacy of Pinochet with which Chile struggles today.
"A dozen cowardly military officers appear before us incapable of explaining or taking responsibility for their acts. This documentary, simple and direct, gives audiences around the world a lesson in political memory. I ask myself what would have happened if each one of us 35,000 political prisoners would have done the same as Hector. Surely we would have a much better democracy than the one we have today. Congratulations to the entire production team!" Patricio Guzman, Documentary Filmmaker The Battle of Chile, Case of Pinochet
Special Circumstances is an award winning documentary that has screened all over the US and Chile, where it won five awards for Best Documentary, and internationally at film festivals in Guadalajara, Mexico City, Havana, Ecuador, Brazil, Holland, Finland, Colombia, Italy, Spain. To date the film has been the recipient of 9 awards including Best Local Director in San Francisco, Best Editing in Brazil and the Audience Award in Holland.
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