Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Fondo de Fomento Audiovisual ; in co-production with Distribuidora Amazonia Films ; a documentary by Ignacio Agüero and Fernando Villagrán ; directed by Ignacio Agüero ; written and produced by Fernando Villagrán, Ignacio Agüero ; realizada en convenio con Instituto de la Comunicación e Imagen, Escuela de Periodismo, Programa de Libertad de Expresión, Universidad de Chile.
English. In Spanish with English subtitles.
[Santiago] : Instituto de la Comunicación e Imagen ; Brooklyn, NY : Distributed in the US by Icarus Films, c2008.
Owned and operated since 1849 by the Edwards family, El Mercurio is the oldest newspaper in Chile, and the Valparaíso edition is the oldest daily in Spanish currently in circulation. Chile's "newspaper of record" is the largest news organization in the country, controlled since 1956 by Agustín Edwards Eastman. In 2006/2007, six journalism graduates of the Instituto de la Comunicación e Imagen de la Universidad de Chile were called together by filmmaker Ignacio Agüero, producer and journalist Fernando Villagrán and the heads of the ICEI to carry out a study on a specific issue: how El Mercurio reported on the human rights violations committed by the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. Together, they dig into the particulars of several key events and their coverage in El Mercurio, relations between the owners and managers of the newspaper and Chilean political parties, the church, military, secret police, and the CIA. The film raises profound questions not only about the role and responsibilities of Chile's most important newspaper, but of all those who control or manage the dissemination of information and the reporting of news in every country.
Montaje [editor], Sophie Franca ; cámera y fotografía, Gabriel Díaz and Ricardo Lorca ; banda sonora musical, Giorgio Varas, Claudio López.
Equipo taller de tesis [thesis workshop participants], Elizabeth Harries, Maria José Vilches, Paulette Dougnac, Hans Stange, Claudio Salina, Raúl Rodriguez; coordinadora taller de thesis [thesis workshop coordinator], Claudia Lagos ; ayudante taller de tesis [assistant coordinator], Paulina Acevedo.
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