“A la sombra del sol” y la penumbra de los tiempos de la historia.

The film “A la Sombra del Sol” (“In the Shade of the Sun”), by Silvio Caiozzi and Pablo Perelman was released in 1974 and is about a bloody event that apparently occurred at the end of the forties in the village of Caspana. Among the most powerful reality effects of the film, is the fact that the local population participates in the film as interpreters. A characteristic recourse of the neorealistic Italian cinema, which, associated with an image of unmistakable documentary nature, have allowed the filmmakers to make the story enter the realm of history as a real event. Nevertheless, in the interstice of the film, the visual gesture remained registered in an expressive and cultural way that had come to its end. Printed on the image of the native Atacamans, dwells the visible track of this “new man” which few months before the premiere was the horizon of the utopia of a socialist revolution.


Francisco Gallardo Ibáñez.
Revista Chilena de Antropología Visual - número 6 - Santiago, diciembre 2005 - 119 pp.- ISSN 0718-876x. Rev. chil. antropol. vis.