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Raíces

A film by Laura Gauch

The past is imprinted in us. Also for Laura Gauch, her family’s history has left a mark on her and her relatives. Her mother’s family had to flee Chile after the military coup of 1973, in which dictator Pinochet ousted president Salvador Allende. Laura’s great aunt’s husband, Juan Bustos, was a legal advisor to the Allende government at the time, and later became famous as human rights lawyer in exile, and member of the Chilean Parliament after democracy was restored. He died in 2008.

Laura’s graduation project, Raíces (“roots”), is a documentary film that tells this story of her great aunt’s family, who now lives in Barcelona, introducing the viewer to different family members and their way of dealing with the past. The film then follows Lua, Laura’s cousin, who is wondering how this family background also shapes her identity. The viewer is introduced to the stories and thoughts of a family displaced by events that shook the world, still full of things left unsaid. The film offers an inquisitive and personal view of how the past influences the present, inviting self-reflection.

“When I swim I forget everything for a little bit.”
(Film still from Raíces)
Exposed Roots
(Film still from Raíces)
Juan Bustos at work
(Film still from Raíces)
Eliana looking through remembering past moments
(Film still from Raíces)
Juan Pablo’s Morning Meditation
(Film still from Raíces)
At Karma Guen in Vélez-Malaga
(Film still from Raíces)
Juan Pablo at the Stupa
(Film still from Raíces)
Lua reflecting at Barceloneta Beach
(Film still from Raíces)
Nil looking through old pictures of his grandparents
(Film still from Raíces)

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