Las Cruces

  • Chile
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Just days after the Military Coup of 1973, 19 workers were arrested and carried to the Laja Police Station. After being detained 5 days, they disappeared. The Police told to their relatives that they were transferred to a military regiment in the city of Los Angeles, but they didn’t find them there. They looked for 6 years until their remains appeared in the Yumbel cemetery. There was no explanation about how they got there.

Almost 40 years after the massacre, one of the police officers involved, broke the silence pact they had made the night of the massacre and the case was reopened. This way is known that the 19 workers were killed in a forest near the town of Laja, and the Paper and Cardboard Manufacturing Company (CMPC) had relation with those deaths. The workers were captured, imprisoned, tortured and the night they were killed in the back. Despite the confessions and the investigation ́s findings, all the officers involved that night are free. Today, the case is still open waiting to know who will be convicted.


  • Original Title
    Las Cruces
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Carlos Vásquez Méndez, Teresa Arredondo
  • Cinematography
    Carlos Vásquez Méndez
  • Editing
    Carlos Vásquez Méndez, Martín Sappia
  • Sound
    Andrea López Millán
  • Runtime
    80 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Chile
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Awards
    • Special mention, FIDMarseille 2018
    • Special Jury Prize, Festival International de Cine de Valdivia 2018
    • Best Film FIDOCS
    • Special Mention, Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata 2018
    • Best Film Mercosur, RECAM, Mar de Plata IFF
    • Best Film, 7o Festival de Cine de Antofagasta – ANTOFACINE, 2018
    • Best Film - 11o Festival de Cine Chileno FECICH 2019
    • Best Cinamatography - Festival de Cine Chileno FECICH 2019
    • Mejor Screenplay - 11o Festival de Cine Chileno FECICH 2019
    • Best Fim Citizen Jury Award - 11o Festival de Cine Chileno FECICH 2019
    • Special Mention, 20o Havana Film Festival New York
    • Mayor Prize, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival YIDFF 2019 – JAPAN
    • Special Jury Prize, Rengo International Film Festival 2019 - Chile is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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