TIFF 2022: Our Review of ‘My Imaginary Country’

Posted in TIFF 2022 by - September 13, 2022
TIFF 2022: Our Review of ‘My Imaginary Country’

Patricio Guzman’s My Imaginary Country feels like a misnomer because he makes the version of his country feel so real. In other words, he convinces his viewers of Chile’s new version of idealistic utopia, one that far right extremists took from him and the average Chilean almost fifty years ago. The documentary is subjective, yet he doesn’t hide that subjectivity. Chile’s own version of the October revolution has participants who are a cross selection of the population. It transcended both gender and race. And yet, most of his interviewees are women who are either white or white passing Mapuche women. These women faded into the background during the first 200 years of Chilean history, but they are now nurses and first aid workers defending the protesters.

Guzman, thankfully, depicts these women in all classes and various levels of participation during the protests. It’s a shame for me to write that this is my first documentary from him, but this seems like a good place to start into his filmography. There’s something surprisingly fresh about this film despite of him coming back from a self-imposed exile in France. He’s also cognizant of the way this new generation of activists are using spaces that haunt him. This film isn’t just full of female interviewees. His boots are on the ground as he shoots footage of a stadium that Pinochet used as a prison. Now that stadium is a voting booth where Chileans can, with care, determine their present and future political process.

  • Release Date: 9/12/2022
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While Paolo Kagaoan is not taking long walks in shrubbed areas, he occasionally watches movies and write about them. His credentials are as follows: he has a double major in English and Art History. This means that, for example, he will gush at the art direction in the Amityville house and will want to live there, which is a terrible idea because that house has ghosts. Follow him @paolokagaoan on Instagram but not while you're working.
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