Mother, Country (El País De Mi Madre)

Expected release date: 2024
Director: Pablo Navarrete
A film by Pablo Navarrete

Documentary // Chile, UK // 2024 // Spanish/English // 91'

[EN] Pablo Navarrete’s parents were forced to leave Chile after a military coup in 1973. They arrived in the UK as political refugees. Filmed over more than three years, this personal film follows the director as he first travels to Chile in 2020 to witness a people’s uprising and finally confront his parents’ painful past.

[ES] Los padres de Pablo Navarrete se vieron obligados a abandonar Chile después de un golpe militar en 1973. Llegaron al Reino Unido como refugiados políticos. Filmada durante más de tres años, esta película personal sigue al director mientras viaja a Chile por primera vez en 2020 para presenciar el levantamiento de un pueblo y finalmente confrontar el doloroso pasado de sus padres.

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My parents were forced to leave Chile after a military coup in 1973. They arrived in the UK as political refugees. They didn’t know it then, but Britain would be where they would settle, have a family, and still live, nearly 50 years later. It’s taken me a while to appreciate how Chile’s dark past and what happened to my parents there, has cast a shadow over my own life. I was born in London and growing up, I had conflicted feelings towards Chile and kept the country at arm’s length. But in October 2019 things changed for me. An increase in metro fares sparked student protests that turned into a mass uprising against a right-wing government with links to the dictatorship. I was seeing the country in a new light. A slogan for the uprising became: Chile has awoken. What I was seeing from afar filled me with hope for Chile’s future. I felt a need to go there, to see what was happening, but also to finally confront my parents’ past.

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Script by Pablo Navarrete and Rodrigo Vázquez-Salessi

Film produced by Alborada Films in association with
Bethnal Films

Film Type: Documentary Feature

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