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Information about Machuca

Published on February 25, 2014

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Machuca Classroom Conflict


Machuca • Andrés Wood 2004 • Aged 8 in 1973, St. George’s College, Santiago • Story inspired by the real life events at the school under the Headship of Fr Whelan

Historical Context • Santiago de Chile 1973 • Salvador Allende UP (Unidad Popular) • Military Coup September 11th 1973

Salvador Allende • 1908 - 11th September 1973 • Marxist, democratically elected as President Chile 1970 • La vía chilena al socialismo • Policies of nationalisation, welfare provision, education reform • Tensions between indigenous and settler populations

Augusto Pinochet • 1915 - 2006 • Commander in Chief of Army • Lead coup, overthrowing democratically elected president • Ended civilian rule • Brutal suppression of opposition, ‘caravan of death’, ‘the disappeared’

“No a la guerra civil”

“…a la guerra civil”

Gonzalo Infante • From Santiago’s upper class • Family - anti Allende • How is his social class signified? • Status, freedom granted by class

Pedro Machuca • Indigenous • Lives in one of the neighbouring poblaciones • Streetwise

Silvana • Indigenous • living in the poblaciones • Precocious • Symbolises a (class) alliance?

Father McEnroe • Liberal priest, head teacher St. Patrick’s School for Boys • Grants places to poor boys social integration project • Metaphor for Allende’s socialist policies • “This is no longer a holy place”

Representations of Education

A site of conflict • (Fisher, Harris & Jarvis) • Signifiers of class differences • Racialisation • Silence • • • The son of the lady who washes our clothes Meetings mediated through violence Martín-Cabrera and Voionmaa (2007)

Opposition • Opposition to the experiment • Angry parents/parental choice • Opposition to Allende • Questioning the social role of education?

References • Martín-Cabrera, L. and Voionmaa, D.N. (2007) ‘Class conflict, state of exception and radical justice in Machuca by Andrés Wood’, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia, 16(1): 63-80 • Poulson, S.K. (2009) ‘History, Memory and Nostalgia in Childhood Films’, CinemaScope: Independent Film Journal, 5 (13) [Online] http:// %20KROGH%20POULSEN.pdf [Accessed 6th February 2014]

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