Doubling 9/11

Macarena Gómez-Barris

in Where Memory Dwells

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255838
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942493 | DOI:
Doubling 9/11

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This chapter focuses on the representations and activities of those who fled Chile between 1973 and 1989 because of dictatorship repression and threats. Chileans fled to multiple destinations, including other Latin American nations, such as Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, and especially Mexico, which took in thousands of political exiles. Other nations also accepted them, including Canada, Spain, France, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and, to a lesser degree, the United States. The structure of understanding and identifying with exiles contributes to important work in the social world, particularly through cultural memory, even though compulsory exile from Chile ended in 1990. The chapter analyzes an early documentary by Marilú Mallet entitled Journal inachevé (Unfinished Diary, 1987) and Patricio Guzmán's The Pinochet Case (2001), both exemplary of the condition, perspective, and interactions of exiles. Within the historical context of peñas (events by cultural centers), it also discusses an art exhibit and project on the politics of memory titled “Two 9/11s in a Lifetime,” an effort organized by a group of Chilean exiles in San Francisco.

Keywords: Chile; dictatorship; political exiles; Marilú Mallet; Patricio Guzmán; art exhibit; Two 9/11s; Journal inachevé; Pinochet Case

Chapter.  5503 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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