'Chicago Boys' screening - followed by a talk by Pablo Navarrete
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About the Event
Chicago Boys is the theatrical debut from renowned Chilean journalist Carola Fuentes and Rafael Valdeavellano (winners of Best Director Award at 2015 SANFIC - Santiago Festival Internacional de Cine), a comprehensive and insightful documentary that tries to provide answers to the 1970's political and economic landscape of Chile by exploring its recent history and the agents involved.
The initial focus of the film is a portrait of a group of Chilean students, known as the Chicago Boys, who are awarded scholarships to study economy at the University of Chicago under the teachings of Milton Friedman (Capitalism and Freedom, 1962). However the more ambitious intention of the filmmakers soon becomes evident. With an excellent use of archive footage, combined with interviews including some of the main protagonists - the astonishing testimony of Sergio de Castro, Pinochet's Economy and Finance Minister, or the critical voice of Ricardo Ffrench-Davis - the intelligent use of editing gives the film its cinematic discourse, subtly unveiling the characters and the story and offering the viewer the opportunity to reach their own conclusions.
In a moment of controversial debate centered on the neoliberal system worldwide, this is an eye-opening journey into the undeniable influence and impact of US policies in Latin America.
Followed by a talk by Pablo Navarrete, a British-Chilean journalist and documentary filmmaker. He is the founder and co-editor of www.alborada.net, an independent voice on Latin American politics, media and culture, and is co-editor of Alborada Magazine.