Monday, September 3, 2007


One of the APEC leaders whose visit should be celebrated this week is Chile's socialist President Michelle Bachelet. She has been in Australia before, as a political refugee from the Pinochet regime during the mid 1970's. She had been imprisoned and tortured following the bloody CIA backed overthrow of the Allende government.

For those who would like a reminder of the nature of political violence, in a week when demonstrations will dominate our screens, get hold of a copy of "Missing". This Costa-Gavras film starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek is based on the experiences of a conservative American who searches for his son after the 1973 coup. It won an academy for best screenplay.

The film is the best and worst of America. If Jack were still alive I'm sure that, like Peter Garrett, he'd be no fan of George W. Bush. Anyway, I'm a big fan of this movie.

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1 comment:

Giorgia said...

Thanks Kevin for a lovely & historical perspective amid the APEC bile.

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