night lessons a trilogy

Guillermo E. Cifuentes

1998, 35:00 minutes, colour, English / Spanish


Night Lessons is an attempt to reexamine and come to terms with a history of political violence and its representation in the media. Each segment re-elaborates archival footage of public acts of violence in Chile, seeking to reconsider them not in documentary terms, not as indexes of specific events, but as subjectivized components of our personal and collective imaginaries. Through the enactment of private rituals of memory and the deliberate association of these events to the realm of the personal and the subjective, Night Lessons wants to reinvent a personal link with this history and find a place within it. It is also an examination of the trace of the past in the present, and a reconsideration of the dichotomies of guilt and innocence, repression and resistance, which dominate the official and public rhetoric around violations of human rights and have served to obscure the complexities of our own individual positioning and ambivalent relationship to these acts of violence and the years of Military Dictatorship in Chile.

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