Crafting Resistance: The Art of Chilean Political Prisoners

Crafting Resistance: The Art of Chilean Political Prisoners is an oral history film examining how craftwork, made by political prisoners during their internment in the 1970s by the military regime led by General Pinochet, has contributed to the mental health and well-being of those involved, particularly following their exile to the UK. The film engages with important issues around forced migration, well-being and resistance, showing how even in the most extreme circumstances it is sometimes possible to exert a degree of agency and demonstrate resistance. Given the longevity of the Chilean experience, the film illustrates how people live with the aftermath of torture and incarceration.

The film is directed by Carmen Luz Parot and ex political prisoner, Gloria Miqueles and produced by Jasmine Gideon, Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at Birkbeck (j.gideon@bbk.ac.uk). The film was edited by Bea Moyes at the Derek Jarman Lab.

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