History and Memory

Long before the date September 11 became significant in the American collective memory, it was already well ensconced in that of the people of Chile as the date of the coup in which the brutal military dictator Augusto Pinochet took power from the democratically elected Salvador Allende. In a Cinematheque symposium at Rice Cinema entitled History and Memory, the 1973 event will be revisited with a screening of Patricio Guzmán's 1997 documentary film Chile, Obstinate Memory. In interviewing Allende supporters who survived the coup, Guzman focuses on memory, sorting out how people choose to recall such events many years later - and what they choose to forget. Margarita de la Vega Hurtado, an expert on Latin American cinema, will also lead a discussion analyzing the effects of the "frailty and multiplicity of human memory" on the perception of individual and national events. 7 p.m. 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-3138 or visit www.ricecinema.rice.edu. $6.
Thu., Sept. 25, 7 p.m., 2008
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Julia Ramey