The Chicago Conspiracy

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Oct 3 2012 17:27
The Chicago Conspiracy

I can't find a post on here about this film, which can be viewed for free in English, Spanish and/or Italian:

http://www.subversiveactionfilms.org/2011/03/02/streaming/

A feature length documentary based in Chile and the Mapuche indigenous territory of Wallmapu. The concept for the film was born with the death of a former military dictator, Augusto Pinochet. His regime murdered thousands and tortured tens of thousands after the military coup on September 11, 1973.

The Chicago Conspiracy takes its name from the approximately 25 Chilean economists who attended the University of Chicago and other prestigious universities beginning in the 1960s to study under the neoliberal economists Milton Friedman and Arnold Harberger. After embracing Friedman's neoliberal ideas, these economists returned to assist Pinochet's military regime in imposing free market policies. They privatized nearly every aspect of society, and Chile soon became a classic example of free market capitalism under the barrel of a gun.

The Chicago Conspiracy is about today. We began this documentary with the death of a dictator, but we continue with the legacy of a dictatorship.

The Chicago Conspiracy is about the Day of the Youth Combatant. On this day, two young brothers and militants of the MIR, Rafael and Eduardo Vergara, were gunned down by police as they walked through the politically active community Villa Francia. March 29 is not only about the Vergara brothers—it is a day to remember all youth combatants who have died under the dictatorship and current democratic regime.

The Chicago Conspiracy is about the students who fight a dictatorship-era educational law put into place on the last day of military rule. Over 700,000 students went on strike in 2006 to protest the privatized educational system. Police brutally repressed student marches and occupations.

The Chicago Conspiracy is about the neighborhoods lining the outskirts of Santiago. They were originally land occupations, and later became centers of armed resistance against the military dictatorship. A number of them, such as la Victoria and Villa Francia, continue as areas of confrontational discontent to this day.

The Chicago Conspiracy is about the Mapuche conflict. The Mapuche people valiantly resisted Spanish occupation, and continue to resist the Chilean state and the multinational corporations who strip Mapuche territory for forestry plantations, mines, dams and farming plantations. The government has utilized the dictatorship-era anti-terrorism law to jail Mapuche community members in struggle. Two young weichafes (Mapuche warriors), Alex Lemún and Matías Catrileo, were recently killed by Chilean police—one in 2002, the other in 2008.

The Chicago Conspiracy is a response to a global conspiracy of neoliberalism, militarism and authoritarianism.

With music by SubVerso.

http://www.subversiveactionfilms.org

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Oct 3 2012 18:36

We showed this as a public part of a regional conference of NEFAC (right before name change) a few years ago. We had a lot of our especifista/platformist comrades from Buffalo in attendance before they decided to join us. I think we through them for one by how insurrectionist the video is and how into it we were. I mean our organization was birthed around an era of street fighting in the anti-globalization movement, lol. Anyway the music is ace! I generally think it is a pretty good documentary to give people a feel for how shit is over there.

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Oct 3 2012 20:18
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We showed this as a public part of a regional conference of NEFAC (right before name change) a few years ago... I mean our organization was birthed around an era of street fighting in the anti-globalization movement, lol.

Right on. I saw an earlier draft in el barrio Pilsen, Chicago in early '10 at an Open University of the Left event. Apperently that tour before it was finished also came to Flagstaff, and with the big teachers' strike in Chi and the indiginous land struggles continuing here, it came up the other day, then I found the full, finished version free online!

Heh, yeah the only time I ever encountered the NEFAC was at my fist demo in DC, the Anti-Capitalist Convergence on S29 in '01 that was supposed to be against the fall IMF/WB meeting that got cancelled because of 9-11, but ACC and the International Action Center decided to have anti-war demonstrations instead. I got detained for an hour and a half that day infront of the World Bank building if I'm not mistaken.

I was impressed by the NEFAC's statement on 9-11 and ordered a copy of the Northeastern Anarchist or whatever it was called, but never really followed up as I never enountered the NEFAC again though I was protest hoping kind of a lot on the east coast for a while then.

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Oct 3 2012 21:00

It's an interesting movie. Funny though, how the clearly insurrectionary anarchist film-makers never akcnowledge the leftist tendencies of some of the movements they document.

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Oct 3 2012 21:38

Agreed. IAs down there get totally stoked about MIR etc. I've seen this documented in some of the Crimethincstuff about Chilean "IAs" too.