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Rebellion in Patagonia

Date: Thursday, 01 December 2011
Time: 19:00
Venue: Hydra Books, 34 Old Market
Speaker: Carlos Guarita

Rebellion in Patagonia (Spanish: La Patagonia rebelde) is a 1974 Argentine film directed by Héctor Olivera and written by Olivera with Osvaldo Bayer and Fernando Ayala, based on Osvaldo Bayer\’s renowned novel Los Vengadores de la Patagonia Trágica (“The Avengers of Tragic Patagonia”), based upon the military suppression of anarchist union movements in Santa Cruz Province in the early 1920s. It was entered into the 24th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear

In the 1920s, workers in the far southern province of Argentina went on strike for better working and living conditions. In this film, the story of that strike is depicted. The military commander sent to investigate decides that the strikers\’ complaints are justified, and he signs an agreement with them. As soon as he leaves, the industrialists and landowners ignore the agreement. When the workers strike again, the owners convince the government that this strike has been caused by the subversive action of the Chilean government, and the strikers are massacred. Only after the tragedy does the military commander realise that he has been duped.

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Part of Bristol Radical History Group’s opening week of events for the Hydra.

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