22 June 2022
The Battle of Chile-Part 3: Popular Power, is a 79-min. Chilean and French documentary film in Spanish with English subtitles, produced in 1979, and directed by Patricio Guzmán. The film deals with the creation of thousands of local “popular power” groups that are peopled by ordinary workers and peasants to distribute food, operate and protect factories and farms, shun black-market profiteering, and link together neighborhood social service organizations. This was done for two reasons: as a defense against strikes and lockouts by factory owners, tradesmen, and professional bodies opposed to the Allende government, and then, increasingly, as Soviet-type bodies demanding more resolute action by the government against the right. A.M. Qattan Foundation.
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