Free Film Screening: NO, with an introduction by Alan Angell, author of Democracy after Pinochet | University of Oxford

Free Film Screening: NO, with an introduction by Alan Angell, author of Democracy after Pinochet

Speaker
Alan Angell, Emeritus Fellow at St Antony's College, Associate Member of the Latin America Centre, Oxford
Event date
Event time
19:00
Venue
Wolfson College
Linton Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6UD
Venue details

Leonard Wolfson Auditorium

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

As the UK emerges from its own bruising referendum campaign, we present a screening of NO — the Oscar nominated dramatization of the 1988 referendum in Chile to decide the future of the country’s military dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Rather than focusing on the negative legacy of sixteen years of brutal dictatorship, the ‘No’ campaign enlisted the services of a young advertising executive to present a message filled with the promise of hope and happiness on offer under a new democratic system.

Interweaving documentary footage of the surreally optimistic actual advertising campaign, the film uses the now obsolete video format to seamlessly blend documentary and drama. In doing so, it raises probing questions about both the line between truth and fiction, and the possibilities and pitfalls of direct democracy.

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar and starring Gael García Bernal, NO is a funny and inspiring account of the bizarre extremes necessary called for the situation demanded to ensure that democracy was won.

Alan Angell, author of Democracy after Pinochet and Emeritus Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, will give an introductory talk to accompany the screening. He was an observer at the 1988 referendum in Chile and ran a programme for academic refugees from Chile to study in the UK. He is an Associate Member of the Latin America Centre, Oxford, and has written on many aspects of Chilean democracy and on the left in Latin America.

Praise for NO

"Funny and rousing, both intellectually and emotionally"
The New York Times

"Uniquely and unexpectedly beautiful. A snapshot of a society renewed"
Slant Magazine