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Santiago Files

  • 8.5 10
  • 2012
  • 69min

Narrated by Malcolm McDowell, this documentary sheds light on one of the most tumultuous times in Chile’s history and the players involved in Allende’s downfall—namely, the CIA and Chile’s military.


OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Santa Cruz Film Festival/ International Crime And Punishment Film Festival/ Humanity Explored Film Festival

Santiago Files. The True Story Behind The Coup

In order to understand why this story was so controversial in its day—and why it continues to be controversial today—it helps to have some background information on what happened during Allende’s presidency. In 1970, he became the first democratically elected socialist president in Latin American history. 

His three years as president were marked by political unrest, economic turmoil, and social chaos. Ultimately, he was overthrown by a military coup backed by the CIA and other major players such as ITT Corporation and PepsiCo. 

Santiago Files takes viewers through this tumultuous period with archival footage, interviews with experts on Chilean history, and narration from McDowell that brings dramatic flair to this true story. 

Through these elements combined, audiences get an up-close look at what happened during that time period from all angles—including those of Allende himself and those who helped bring him down. 

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