THE CROSSES

LAS CRUCES

By Teresa ARREDONDO, Carlos VÁSQUEZ

DEREOJO COMUNICACIONES - as PROD / FIN

Documentary - Completed 2018

In Chile, a few days after the Military Coup of 1973, 19 unionized workers were arrested. Their bodies were found later in a common grave. 40 years later, a policeman breaks the silence pact, and announces the participation of the Paper and Cardboard Manufacturing Company (CMPC) in the massacre.

Festivals
& Awards

Ventana Sur 2018
Video Library
ATLANTICDOC 12 Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de Uruguay 2018
Competencia Internacional
6º TRANSCINEMA Festival Internacional de Cine de Lima 2018
Competencia Transandina
29º FIDMarseille - Festival International de Cinéma de Marseille 2018
SPECIALE MENTION - Compétition Internationale
33º Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata 2018
MENCION ESPECIAL - Competencia Latinoamericana
33º Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata 2018
BEST FILM MERCOSUR - Competencia Latinoamericana / RECAM
33º Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata 2018
PREMIO TATO MILLER MEJOR PELICULA Latinoamericana / SICA
7º ANTOFACINE Festival de Cine de Antofagasta 2018
BEST FILM - Competencia Nacional
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CHILE
    • Languages
    • SPANISH-CHILEAN
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Teresa ARREDONDO, Carlos VÁSQUEZ
    • Writer(s)
    • Teresa ARREDONDO, Carlos VÁSQUEZ
    • Producer(s)
    • Claudio LEIVA ARAOS (DEREOJO COMUNICACIONES)
    • Synopsis
    • Just days after the Military Coup of 1973, 19 cellulose factory workers were arrested and carried to the Laja Police Station. After being deteined 5 days, they dessapeared. The Police told to their relatives that they were transferred to a military regiment in the city of Los Angeles, but they didnt find them there. They looked for 6 years until his remains appeared in the Yumbel cemetery. Nobody said anything about their deaths and there were no explanation about how they got there.
      Almost 40 years after the massacre, one of the police officers involved, which until now had denied any involvement in these killings, broke the silence pact they had made the night of the massacre and the case was reopened. This way is known that the night of September 18, 1973, the 19 workers were killed in a forest near the town of Laja, and the Paper and Cardboard Manufacturing Company (CMPC) had relation with those deaths. Gradually, the policemen were giving their testimony which helped to reconstruct the details of the days when the workers were captured, imprisoned, tortured and the night they were killed in the back.
      Despite the confessions and the investigation´s findings, the justice did not take any action against the CMPC, which still operates in Laja and all the officers involved in the murders that night are free after posting a very low bail. Today, the case is still open and awaiting sentence.