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La cueca sola

Directed by Marilú Mallet
Canada, 2003 (documentary, 52 minutes, colour, Spanish)
La cueca sola
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"Santiago, Chile. September 11, 1973. A military dictatorship seizes power and wields it for 17 years. Thousands of men disappear. 'Donde estan? (Where are they?),' ask the women, their partners in la cueca, the traditional Chilean courtship dance. Surmounting their grief, the women speak out and struggle to restore democracy. Their lives suspended, they continue to dance la cueca sola, alone. This documentary by Marilu Mallet tells the stories of five women who suffered under dictatorship and emerged as heroes under democracy. The threads of the five stories are closely intertwined with the history of Chile, encouraging reflection on the burden of heritage, the relativity of happiness and the power of memory. Navigating through the past but firmly moored in the present, the film expresses an entire nation's faith in a future in which such a thing will never happen again."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Marilú Mallet, Margaux Ouimet
Produced by: Adrian Solar, Marilú Mallet, Lucie Pageau, Christian Medawar, Johanne Bergeron, Yves Bisaillon
Participants: Isabel Allende, Monique Hermosilla, Estela Ortiz, Carolina Tohà, Moyenei Valdés
Cinematography: Rénald Bellemare
Film Editing: Natacha Dufaux, Marilú Mallet, Nicolas Rubbo
Music: Horacio Salinas
Production Company: Office national du film du Canada / National Film Board of Canada, Les Films de l'Atalante inc.

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