Trelew

Mariana Arruti reconstructs the tragic 1972 events leading to the cold-blooded murder of 16 political prisoners by military authorities and the subsequent government cover-up. This little-known slice of Argentine history is not likely to affect offshore auds as much as local ones. It contains, however, the perfect outline for a fictional thriller.

Anthropologist and documaker Mariana Arruti reconstructs the tragic 1972 events leading to the cold-blooded murder of 16 political prisoners by military authorities and the subsequent government cover-up. Though well researched, this little-known slice of Argentine history is not likely to affect offshore auds as much as local ones. It contains, however, the perfect outline for a fictional thriller.

In the revolutionary times of the early ’70s, a number of groups were engaged in armed struggle against capitalism. Rounded up and sentenced to the maximum security prison of Trelew in remote Patagonia, captured militants lived a relatively decent life, thanks to the solidarity of folks from a nearby small town. At the same time, they laid detailed plans for a mass escape, which involved highjacking a plane to Chile and then Cuba. The breakout only succeeded for a small number of the leaders, however, owing to a simple misunderstanding about trucks that were to take them to the airport. Most militants were thrown back into prison; others were taken to an air base and shot. Docu technique is a standard collation of interviews. Musical comment is heavyhanded at times.

Trelew

Argentina

Production: A Fundacion Alumbrar production. Produced by Maria Pilotti, Martin Mujica. Directed, written, edited by Mariana Arruti.

Crew: Camera (color, Betacam), Javier Miquelez; music, Bernardo Baraj; sound, Marcelo Baraj. Reviewed at Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival, April 22, 2003. Running time: 95 MIN.

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