Desierto Sur (South Desert)

Film Chile Miami. Sep 11th through Sep 12th, 2008. Miami Beach Cinematheque. Miami FilmThe Miami Beach Cinematheque is presenting the Film Chile Miami Festival presented by ProChile and Chile's Trade Commission. The festival begins on September 11th at 8:30 p.m. with the screening of the film Desierto Sur (South Desert) directed by Shawn Garry.  The film will be introduced by filmmaker / actress Carolina Varleta, followed by a Q and A, after the film.

Sofia is a young Spanish girl who loses her mother to an illness. An enigmatic letter falls into her hands, one that her mother sent to Chile when she was still alive. The letter is returned by the post office when the recipient could not be found. While reading it, Sofia gets a stunning glimpse of her mother’s hidden past: a love she had never forgotten, and a desire to have her ashes scattered in the Atacama Desert. Impulsively, Sofia decides to travel to Chile to deliver the letter personally, and thus shed some light on her mother’s past. She carries the letter along with a pair of plastic bottles containing her mother’s ashes in a back- pack. Her destination: An unknown and remote town called Desierto Sur.

The documentary Calle Santa Fe by Carmen Castillo will follow on September 12th at 8:30 p.m. "The title refers to the street in Santiago where Miguel Enriquez, the leader of the Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR), was gunned down by secret police in 1974. After three decades in exile, Enriquez’s widow, Carmen Castillo, returns to that haunted address and embarks on a soul-searching journey into her conflicted past, and into the unresolved modern history of her homeland. The result is less a documentary than a testament, as Castillo re-establishes contact with the neighbor who saved her life, the parents of deceased MIR activists, and her own family. A moving meditation on revolutionary fervor and the landscape of memory.” – New York Film Festival

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