of production: Chile
Between September 11 and November 7, 1973, the largest sports stadium in Chile served as a concentration camp for General Augusto Pinochet's new regime. After the violent coup d'etat against the Socialist government of President Salvador Allende, more than 12,000 political prisoners were detained there as enemy combatants. At least 7,000 were tortured, and scores were murdered. 30 years later, this documentary claims to be the first internal, detailed Chilean investigation of these events. NATIONAL STADIUM features interviews of numerous survivors, as well as eyewitnesses, and reconstructs a detailed report on prisoners' everyday life. The film is the result of an exhaustive inquiry into the audiovisual archives of five countries. It is a chilling exposť.
Carmen Luz Parot
For 15 years, Carmen Luz Parot has worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers and television networks in Chile. She was editor-in-chief of PLAZA ITALIA, a prime-time television talk show. She has directed a number of music videos. In 1999, she directed the documentary THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN PEACE (EL DERECHO DE VIVIR EN PAZ), about the life of songwriter Victor Jara, who was murdered in September 1973. She recently created a DVD about the rock band Los Prisioneros.