Only days after the 1973 military coup against the Allende government, a group of nineteen union members in a paper factory disappeared without trace.
The case remained a mystery for forty years, until a policeman involved in the massacre finally broke the pact of silence.
Taking his confession alongside testimony from the victims’ families —all voiced by actors—the filmmakers forensically unravel the events leading to the murders, using stark 16mm photography to depict the landscape like a crime scene.
A bold and formally rigorous work, The Crosses bravely unearths a dark moment in Chile’s political history that for years had been buried in silence.
Supported by Cervantes Institute London
This screening will be followed by a director Q&A, hosted by Laura Allsop, a writer and critic based in London, whose writing has appeared in Dazed, AnOther and Sight & Sound.