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If you stare at certain things for long enough, something happens
Oscar Raby, Author.
When the military took control of Chile in the coup of September 1973, it was the culmination of Cold War tensions, international political influence and internal conflict. For Army personnel, it was an event that marked their lives.
The ‘Caravan of Death’ that traveled the country by helicopter conducting executions of military detainees in the immediate aftermath of the coup was a mechanism to install terror into the community.
It was also a mechanism to demonstrate the force of the central authorities to military staff outside the capital, and, in making them complicit in the actions of the junta, to ensure their loyalty. Thirty years later, the repercussions of those events still play out daily – in courts, in politics, and in the homes of Chilean people.
This autobiographical immersive documentary puts the user in the footsteps of my father, who in 1973 was a 22-year-old army officer stationed in the north of Chile, on the day when the Caravan of Death came to his regiment.
By putting the audience on the scene alongside my father using virtual reality technology, Assent allows them to engage personally with the events and emotions of that day, through his eyes, and mine.