El Patio

Digging up Chile’s brutal past

El Patio Three elderly gravediggers lovingly maintain the peaceful cemetery in the centre of the Chilean capital of Santiago. However, they are haunted by a dark and bloody secret. Following General Pinochet’s violent military coup in 1973, they were compelled to surreptitiously bury the bodies of thousands of executed political prisoners. Now a demonstration calling for justice shows that the past will not allow itself to be concealed.

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