The Pearl Button

Opened Wednesday, September 13, 2023

After contemplating the heavens in Nostalgia for the Light, Guzma´n (The Battle of Chile) turns his masterful eye to the ocean to uncover the history of the indigenous people of Patagonia. In pre-colonial times, the nomadic Kaweskar (or “water people”) lived and thrived in harmony with the sea; today they have all but vanished. Interviewing the last of the Kaweskar, Guzma´n chronicles the terrible devastation wrought by this almost complete genocide, discovering an unsettling parallel to the thousands who were disappeared by more recent regimes.

Winner: Silver Bear for Best Script, Berlin Film Festival

Screening as part of the series Patricio Guzmán, Dreaming of Utopia: 50 Years of Revolutionary Hope and Memory

  • Country Chile, France, Spain
  • Language Spanish with English subtitles.
  • Year 2015
  • Running Time 82 minutes
  • Format DCP
  • Distributor Kino Lorber
  • Director Patricio Guzman
  • Cast Martín Calderón, Cristina, Patricio Guzmán
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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