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Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light is a remarkable meditation on memory, history and eternity. Chile’s remote Atacama Desert, 10,000 feet above sea level, provides stunningly clear views of the heavens for astronomers. But it also holds secrets from the past: human remains, from pre-Columbian mummies to the bones of political prisoners "disappeared" during the Pinochet dictatorship.
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Nostalgia for the Light hints at the intersection of forensic anthropology with contemporary Latin American social movements. These movements aim to find the bodies of persons that had gone missing under various military regimes in the 1970s and 1980s. Find out what techniques scientists can use to help identify causes of death.
In 1973, General Augusto Pinochet led a military coup in Chile that ousted the world's first democratically elected Marxist president, Salvador Allende. With U.S. assistance, Pinochet's military and intelligence forces consolidated power with a campaign of anti-communist violence that included secret prisons, torture and murder. Learn more about Chile under Pinochet and its current state.
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