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Pinochet's Children (Pinochets Kinder)

Pinochet's Children
Scene from "Pinochet's Children" (photo © MA.JA.DE./dffb)

Pinochet's Children documents the testimony of three representatives of the generation that grew up during the dictatorship of Pinochet. It comprises the period of time beginning with the military coup of 1973, when Pinochet appeared in the lives of the Chileans, until his arrest and trial.

All three protagonists became distinguished student leaders directing the social movement of the Chilean youth against the dictator. In the film, they reflect on the causes that led them to rebellion, their motivations, the need to open a space free of the limitations set by the authoritarian regime. Finally, they talk about the aims in life they developed after the collapse of the Pinochet regime.


Paula Rodriguez was born in 1963 in Santiago/Chile. She studied Architecture at the Academy of Arts in Berlin before enrolling in the Direction program at the German Academy of Film & Television (dffb). Her films include: Der Purzelbaum (1987), The Border (1990), Soll Toeten (1991), Der Schiffbruechige und der Helikopter (1992), Jene Welt, diese (1993), An einem ruhigen Ort (1994), Theo (1995), Ay, Santiago! (1996), First Steps (1998), and Pinochet's Children (Pinochets Kinder, 2002).
Genre History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2002
Director Paula Rodriguez
Screenplay Paula Rodriguez
Cinematography Julia Munoz
Octavio Iturbe
Arturo Iturbe, Coti K.
Cast Alejandro Goic, Enrique Paris, Carolina Toha, Nibaldo Mosciatti
Producers Heino Deckert, Martina Knapheide
Production Company ma.ja.de. Fiction, in co-production with Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), ARTE, SWR
Length 81 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 Spanish
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals San Sebastian 2002, Leipzig 2002, Valdivia 2002, Amsterdam 2002, Santiago 2002, Human Rights in Film Warsaw 2002, Biarritz 2003, Tel Aviv 2003, Festivalissimo Canada 2003, Human Rights Watch London 2003, Tiburon 2003, Amnesty International Amsterdam 2003
Awards First Prize Valdivia 2002, First Prize Santiago 2002
With backing from Kuratorium junger deutscher Film

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