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With the social uprising that began on October 18, 2019, a variety of audiovisual collectives took to the street to document the most important citizen ‘awakening’ of the past decade in Chile.
Nevertheless, the social protests, which were loaded with unity and hope to create a more dignified society for all, were violently repressed by state agents, leaving hundreds wounded and even dead. An iconic face of the protests was the young Gustavo Gatica, who was blinded by shots from the police. His story and that of hundreds of victims put the human rights violations occurring in Chile on the world’s radar.
The big international production company BTF media, along with International Emmy winner Hernán Caffiero and journalist Barbara Barrera, will expose these events in the new documentary series El Estallido.
The production will also delve into themes related to inequality, impunity, violence, illegal profiteering, and corruption, which set off the current crisis.
WHAT IS KNOWN ABOUT EL ESTALLIDO
The documentary series will have 6 episodes and will revolve around a journalistic investigation and more than 180 hours of historic, never-before-seen camera footage, press archives, witness accounts, and expert interviews.
It will be narrated by Enrique Gatica, brother of Gustavo Gatica, the psychology student who lost his vision as a result of being shot by the police in both eyes as he was protesting on November 8, 2019.
According to Variety, El Estallido will count on academics, analysts, and experts in social behavior to examine the circumstances that led to the massive demonstrations that took over the country in October 2019.
THE FACE THAT MAKE UP EL ESTALLIDO
Who better to tell this story than Emmy winner Hernán Caffiero. His career and experience have been seen in productions like A Necessary Story, where he denounced the systematic human rights violations during the civic-military dictatorship of Pinochet, and which positioned him as a creator who has a capacity to give a voice to the victims and their families, generating empathy through moving cinematic narratives.
Accompanying him will be talented young journalist Barbara Barrera, sharing the role of creative director.
“We found that it was necessary to combat the impunity and begin to make a record and the associated content in order to fight that (...) That these cases of such brutal injustice not be forgotten, that was the first motive to begin to develop and produce El Estallido,” says Caffiero. “We believe that the historic, sociopolitical moments that we’ve experienced as a society and that we’re going to continue to experience as a society have to be contained in our agenda of creation,” he comments.
“Working with Hernán has been a super enriching experience, mainly because at BTF we also have the creative freedom to be able to promote projects with social themes. For us it’s fundamental that we provide visibility for, and narrate, things just as they were from the point of view of social movements, that of the people participating,” says Barbara.