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Grade Level: Coll-Adult
Producer: Magic Lantern Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 99 mins
Country of Origin: Chile
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2010
Available in French: No

This remarkable film tells a story never before documented: While their parents battled the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, a group of children were raised, first in Europe and then in Cuba, safely and communally. 

The 20 adults who supervised Project Home saw over sixty children through to adulthood, children whose mothers and fathers—members of the leftist organization Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria (MIR)—fought for the freedom of their homeland, many never to be seen again.

For the men and women in The Chilean Building, patriotic duty took another form—child-care rather than warfare; these adoptive, communal parents assumed responsibility for their charges for years to come.

In this remarkable documentary, director Macarena Aguiló, herself a product of Project Home, provides an intimate, behind-the-scenes examination of a grand and surprising social and political experiment.

★★★½ “Because Aguiló interviewed dozens of her peers, she ends up presenting a balanced perspective on events, free from either bitterness or rosy-hued delusion."
Highly Recommended – Video Librarian

In Spanish with English sub-titles.


Merit in Film Award, Latin American Studies Association Film Festival
Best Documentary, New York International Latino Film Festival

Official Selection, Festival Internacional Documentales Santiago Chile (FIDOCS)
Official Selection, DOK Leipzig
Official Selection, DOCS Barcelona
Official Selection, Thessaloniki Doc
Official Selection, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

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