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The Penal Colony (1970)
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The Penal Colony (1970)
Original name: La colonia penal
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A foreign journalist arrives on a small Pacific island 200 miles off the coast of South America. Once a leper colony, the island was later transformed into a prison and then, under U.N. mandate, made into an independent republic. Yet despite democratic structures, the inhabitants--who speak a strange dialect composed of Spanish and English--still obey the old prison rules. After sending back detailed accounts of the torture and repression seen everywhere, the journalist realizes that she"s fallen into the trap created for her by the islanders: lacking natural resources, the island"s main export is news. The clearest anticipation of Ruiz"s later European work, The Penal Colony is a powerful document of the tensions and contradictions in Chile in the months before Allende"s electoral victory.
Plot: dictator, journalist, torture, president, penal colony, absurdism, prison visit, military dictatorship
Place: chile

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Tres tristes tigres (1968)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 100 min.
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Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 120 min.
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What Is to Be Done? (1972)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 90 min.
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In the Shadow of the Sun (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 70 min.
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Plot: desert, escaped prisoner, prison escape, thief, rape, indigenous people
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Cirqo (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two prisoners escape execution by the police and become successful circus clowns in Pinochet's Chile.
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Time: 70s
Place: chile
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Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, France
Duration: 89 min.
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 80 min.
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Duration: 90 min.
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Genre: Drama
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Country: Chile
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Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 70 min.
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Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, Argentina
Duration: 83 min.
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Duration: 100 min.
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Country: Chile, Soviet Union
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