Films

I am from Chile

Chilean movie about immigration

TOPICS

CULTURE,  IDENTITY, FAMILY,  IMMIGRATION, EXILE, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, SOCIOLOGY, YOUTH, WORKING IN ANOTHER COUNTRY, ILLEGAL JOBS, ETC. 

PLOT 

I Am from Chile is the story of Salvador, who moves to London from Chile to study English and travel around Europe at his parents’ expense. He stays with his aunt María (alcoholic 55 year old woman), who makes a rather decent living renting the rooms of her house to other immigrants. But when a financial crisis back home leaves Salvador with no resources of his own, he has no other choice but to make ends meet with the help of María and his roommates (including Ivan, Russian drug dealer; and Yoshiko, his Japanese girlfriend), taking on a series of short-term, and at times, dangerous jobs. Difficult and challenging situations will force Salvador out of his protected bourgeois reality and into the real world.

DIRECTOR

Gonzalo Díaz Ugarte, Santiago, Chile. 

Questions 

Before watching the movie: 

Have you traveled?  Have you live in another country? have you been an immigrant? Do you know anybody that has been an immigrant? how is to be an immigrant? Why people go abroad? Why do they leave their countries (family, friends, culture, etc)?

Questions 

After watching the movie:

¿Por qué Salvador va a Londres? 

What did he find over there at first?

¿Qué problemas tiene Maria, la tia de Salvador? Why her daughter does not allow her to see her grandkid? 

Why Maria lives in London? ¿Qué es el exilio?

¿Por qué Salvador decide quedarse en Londres?

What’s going on with the roommates? Yoshiko? Russian? 

Why Salvador decide to help them (all the roommates)?

¿Qué pasa entre Virginia, Salvador y Nicolás?

¿Qué sucede al final? ¿Qué te parece?

ESSAY

Writing an essay about immigration. 

1 page. Font Helvetica N11.  1 introduction paragraph with a thesis. 2 paragraphs to work and develop the main ideas. 1 conclusion paragraph in where we could confirm the thesis.

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