Special Circumstances

In this film, Chilean exile Héctor Salgado returns to Chile from the United States to seek and confront the men who imprisoned him and tortured and killed his friends after the coup of 1973. His journey sheds light on the legal, political, and social obstacles standing in the way of a nation’s attempt, thirty years later, to overcome its brutal history. Join Héctor Salgado at a free, public screening and Q&A on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 4:00-6:30pm, in the Charles E. Merrill Lounge.

March 12, 2015

By , Associate Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies 

At 16, Héctor Salgado was arrested and tortured by Augusto Pinochet's forces.  By 20, Héctor was without a country, living in exile in the United States, the very place whose devastating foreign policies in Chile caused the death and torture of thousands of Chileans.  Special Circumstances follows Héctor as he returns to Chile almost 30 years later looking for answers and justice.  Camera in hand, he confronts the perpetrators and his former captors.  In the process, this documentary takes an unflinching look at US foreign policy in Latin America in the 1970s and the legacy of Pinochet with which Chile struggles today.

Special Circumstances (USA, 2007) has won numerous prizes, including Best Documentary, Festival Internacional de Cine Digital, Viña del Mar, Chile (2008), Special Jury Prize, Festival Internacional de Documentales (FIDOCS), Santiago, Chile (2007), and Best Documentary, Berkeley Film and Video Festival (2007).  Its director, Marianne Teleki, received the award for Best Bay Area Filmmaker at the 2007 International Latino Film Festival in San Francisco.  Special Circumstances is her directorial debut.  


The Chicano Latino Research Center is proud to cosponsor this free, public event with the Latin American and Latino Studies Department.