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My Imaginary Country(Mi país imaginario)

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Chile · 2022
1h 23m
Director Patricio Guzmán
Starring Patricio Guzmán
Genre Documentary, War & Politics

Urgent and topical, this documentary features harrowing front-line protest footage and interviews with dynamic activist leaders; a visceral portrait of Chile's revolutionary social movements as the population demands justice, social equality, and democracy.

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The New York Times by A.O. Scott

While this is a first-person documentary, with the director providing voice-over narration, it expresses a poignant humility and a patient willingness to listen.


Screen Daily by Allan Hunter

Guzman’s heart and soul investment in the film and the snapshots of people power in action make for an emotional and involving documentary.


TheWrap by Carlos Aguilar

My Imaginary Country is as much about the causes, participants and outcomes of a collective awakening in search of a more promising future as it is about an artist allowing himself to feel hope for a homeland that has forever been the focus of his artistic preoccupations.


Slant Magazine by Chris Barsanti

By the end of My Imaginary Country, Guzmán has still not moved past the trauma of history. Nor, he suggests, has Chile. Not yet. But he does leave open the possibility of a future not beholden to that trauma and a nation that might now be able to write a new history for itself.


Variety by Jessica Kiang

While in formal terms it’s more of a standard, reportage-based doc than any of his recent essays, it is also the rarest of projects: one in which a venerated member of an older generation of political activists communicates a fervent admiration for his younger counterparts and a deep, grateful optimism for the future they are building.


The Playlist by Rafaela Sales Ross

As newly-elected president Gabriel Boric takes the stage to address the nation that placed upon him precious trust, it is hard not to be moved by the electric rawness of hope.


Film Threat by Ray Lobo

Guzmán’s skills as a documentarian have not eroded one bit. His soft narration reminds one of Werner Herzog sans his, at times, metaphysical excesses. The director captures incredible footage of the protests as a functioning organism, a sublime wave of furious power.

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