Just left the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center after viewing what one month ago this blog recommended keeping an eye out for, a film about the 1988 plebiscite in Chile called "NO." The film by Pablo Larraín had been nominated for an Academy Award in 2013 for Best Foreign Film but lost to the French drama, Amour.
|Q&A with Alfred Castro who played Lucho Guzman|
|With President Patricio Aylwin who appears in the film|
Tonight after the film there was a short Question and Answer session with Alfredo Castro, who played the role of Lucho Guzman, the publicist backing the Yes Campaign who delivers an excellent performance.
The film has sparked a debate in Chile over its emphasis on the fictionalized publicists and the downplaying of the grassroots work of the opposition that registered 7.5 million Chileans to vote.
Nevertheless, the film offers viewers the nonviolent essence of the successful campaign that overthrew Pinochet, and that is something to be celebrated. It also offers journalists a chance to interview the real participants in the struggle to end the Pinochet government.