In the early seventies, the world was watching as Chile democratically elected Socialist leader Salvador Allende. His political ideals and aspirations—including providing education for all children and distributing land to the nation’s workers—terrified the country’s right wing, as well as the U.S., who helped orchestrate a military coup that replaced him with dictator Augusto Pinochet. This tragic history has been well documented, but Italian director Nanni Moretti (Caro Diario, The Son’s Room) adds an angle many viewers may not know about: the efforts of the Italian Embassy at the time to save and relocate citizens targeted by the fascist regime. Told through the testimonies of those who were there, Santiago, Italia is a chilling depiction of living under junta rule and an ultimately inspiring expression of hope amidst dire circumstances.
In Italian and Spanish with English subtitles. Available only in the US.