Los Hornos de Lonquén en el imaginario cinematográfico chileno




Parole chiave:

Hornos de Lonquén; documentary film; forced disappearance; Chile; search and exhumation of the remains of disappeared persons


In 1978, the discovery in the Hornos de Lonquén - an abandoned mine in the metropolitan region of Santiago - of human remains belonging to men who had been detained in 1973 and had disappeared since then, confirmed suspicions of enforced disappearance by the Pinochet regime.
This article analyses one of the elements of the impact of enforced disappearance on the victims' relatives, friends and neighbours and on societies, focusing on Latin American cinema in whose narrative content the search for and eventual finding of the remains of disappeared detainees is of some relevance. We focus especially on three documentary films that show the importance of the Lonquén discovery in the Chilean imaginary and the strong symbolic value of Lonquén as a paradigm of a praxis of state violence and concealment of the truth that has caused immense trauma and has consequences nowadays.

Biografia autore

Valentina Ripa, Università degli Studi di Salerno

Valentina Ripa holds a PhD in Iberian and Ibero-American Languages and Literatures from the University of Palermo (2003). She is a "Ricercatrice confermata" and "Professoressa aggregata" of Language and Translation - Spanish language at the University of Salerno.
Her research and translating practice are related to the Spanish and Catalan linguistic fields. Lately, she has been working mainly on the transmission of socio-cultural contents from the perspective of human rights, especially in the field of Latin American cinema, and she continues to work on other areas of research in the field of applied linguistics. More information on the website: https://docenti.unisa.it/032383/home





Come citare

Ripa, Valentina. 2021. «Los Hornos De Lonquén En El Imaginario cinematográfico Chileno». Altre Modernità, marzo, 47-63. https://doi.org/10.13130/2035-7680/15318.