Patricio Guzmán will receive the Human Rights Film Festival Award and will give

Patricio Guzmán

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The Ganora Filmak association brings the seminar Documentary Film According to Patricio Guzmán, given by the Chilean documentary-maker at the 11th San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival. The event will take place from April 23rd-26th in the San Telmo Museum and will run for 20 hours split into four 5-hour sessions. It will cost €80.

Patricio Guzmán is one of the world's greatest documentary-makers in the last forty years. A chronicler of recent Chilean history, from Salvador Allende's rise to power until today, he was born in 1941 in Santiago and studied at the Escuela Oficial de Cinematografía in Madrid. In 1973 he filmed The Battle of Chile, a 5-hour documentary on the end of Allende's Government. After the Coup d'état he was threatened with death by shooting and was locked up incomunicado for 2 weeks in the national stadium. He left the country in November 1973. He lives in Cuba, Spain and France, where he made the documentaries In the Name of God (1987), The Southern Cross (1992), Chile, Obstinate Memory (1997), The Pinochet Case (2001), Madrid (2002), Mon Jules Verne (2005), Salvador Allende (2004), Nostalgia for the Light (2010)...

The seminar will focus on the artistic kernel of creating a documentary film. To make his point, the director will use fragments of different works (above all European), along with extracts from some of his own films. The author's aim will be to illustrate each idea, concept and notion with an image and a sound. In his words, "the seminar is a true immersion, a collective experience that prompts the desire to write, to film, and to take action almost immediately". The course is for documentary-lovers (professionals and amateurs alike).

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