The Pearl Button
The Chilean documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzman returns in film after film to Pinochet’s fury in Chile. In The Pearl Button, he combines the theme with the colonizers eradication of the natives in Patagonien, Chile’s proximity to water and every human’s need for it. Guzman believes that the ocean holds the secrets of human history, such as the prisoners who were attached to train rails and thrown into the ocean under the Pinochet regime. At this time there’s only one pearl button left that reminds us of the past crimes against humanity. “For those who still doubt the possibility to combine several seemingly different themes, Guzman solves the film’s puzzle with the help of a button on the bottom of the ocean. One can only applaud the achievement”, Emma Engström writes in GP and rates the film 4 out of 5.