Santiago is set to continue its love affair with Parque Forestal, the grassy public park stretching the length of downtown, with four days of open-air screenings of some of the best current documentaries, both local and international.
The films will be projected onto a vast screen in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art, an imposing neo-classical building known for exhibitions aimed at engaging the community.
And if the perfect evening temperatures, picturesque setting and high-quality documentaries weren’t enough of a draw card – it’s free.
The event is being headlined by Nostalgia por la Luz (“Nostalgia for the Light”), the latest production of one of Chile’s greatest documentary makers of all time, Patricio Guzmán.
The documentary relates the parallel stories of a group of astronomers searching the heavens for the origins of life, grieving family members looking for the remains of loved ones who disappeared during the military dictatorship and an archeologist’s search for relics of pre-Columbian Chilean societies.
It won the International Documentary Association award, and received top honors at the European Academy Awards and Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and if you missed it in cinema, this may be your last chance to see it on the big screen.
It will be shown shortly after 9 p.m. on the opening night.
Another important presence will be two short documentaries by award-winning Chilean documentary filmmaker Sebastián Moreno, called Tesoros Humanos Vivos (“Living Human Treasures”).
Each documentary tells the story of two Chilean woman named as “Living Human Treasures” by UNESCO in 2011.
The first, which will be screened on Thursday at 9 p.m., follows a Mapuche craftswoman and potter from the Araucanía Region, while the second is the story of a woman from Arica who is trying to preserve the unique culture of Chileans of African-descent. The latter will be shown on Saturday at 9 p.m.
The easiest way to get to the Museum of Modern Art is to take a metro to the Bellas Artes station, located one block to the south of the park.
The festival will run from February 22 to 25, starting at 9 p.m., with three films screened daily. For a full list of the festival schedule, click here.