The introduction situates the Special Focus section “Chilean Film and Media: Fifty Years Later (1973/2023)” in its historical and cultural context. The year 2023 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the coup that toppled the socialist government of Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973. To reflect on the role of film and media in relation to the coup demands a move away from mere commemoration and, more broadly, from memory studies as the overarching critical framework that has dominated studies of Chilean cinema. This Special Focus section seeks to move beyond memory without neglecting the duty to remember. It is a project of reactivation, reappropriation, and repoliticization of the cinematic memory of the coup. This approach favors continuities between films made throughout the last five decades under different historical moments—the socialist years of Allende, the dictatorship, the postdictatorship, and the estallido social (social uprising) of October 2019.
Beyond Memory: An Introduction
José Miguel Palacios is assistant professor in the Department of Film and Electronic Arts at California State University Long Beach. He is currently writing a book titled Cinema Solidarity: A Transnational History of Chilean Exile Film & Video. His work has appeared in journals such as Screen, The Moving Image, Jump Cut, and [in] Transition, as well as in various edited collections including Cinematic Homecomings (Bloomsbury, 2015) and New Documentaries in Latin America (Palgrave, 2014).
José Miguel Palacios; Beyond Memory: An Introduction. Film Quarterly 1 September 2023; 77 (1): 38–47. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2023.77.1.38
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