Adriana's Pact

(El pacto de Adriana)
Lissette Orozco | Documentary

2017 | 96 minutes | Chile

As her family’s worst nightmare unfolds on screen, Lissette Orozco's Adriana’s Pact explors accounts by human rights organizations, colleagues, and the press, but....who is saying the truth? The film bridges the divide between emotion, memory, and history.


When I was a girl, I had a strong role model in my life: my aunt Adriana. In 2007, she was detained and I found out she worked as an agent at DINA (Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional) in Pinochet’s secret police, which has often been compared to the Gestapo of Nazi Germany. My aunt claims to have never seen or participated in any instances of torture, but nevertheless she flee to Australia to avoid trial. In the hope that I can prove my aunt’s innocence, I made my own inquiries and started filming. I interviewed experts, former DINA colleagues, and family. There are conflicting stories provided by my aunt Adriana, human rights organizations, colleagues, and the press, but....who is saying the truth?

As her family’s worst nightmare unfolds on screen, Lissette Orozco's Adriana’s Pact bridges the divide between emotion, memory, and history.


"Raw and compelling...A brave documentary in which the director allows us to witness her loss of innocence." — Jay Weissberg, Variety

"It's not easy to bare the darkest moments of both your country and family, but Orozco does it with grace and a kind of relentless determination that has led to Adriana's Pact being screened over 40 times around the world and winning a festival award in Berlin. Adriana's Pact resonates emotion with conviction and will resonate with audiences for a while yet." — Gabriela Velasquez, Vox Magazine

"Adriana's Pact, Orozco's search for answers, is a reflexive exploration of the construction of truth, that is, Adriana's truth. This truth, it is explained, functions as a mental protection against other people's truths.  Eventually it succeeds in illuminating Adriana's culpability." — Willemien Sanders, Modern Times Review

"A powerful meditation on the legacy of Pinochet's dictatorship, and the bravery required to seek any kind of truth about it." — Patrick Gamble, Cine Vue

Main credits

Orozco, Lissette (film director)
Orozco, Lissette (screenwriter)

Other credits

Cinematographers, Julio Zuñiga, Daniela Ibaceta, Brian Martínez; editor, Melisa Miranda Ulloa; music, Gabriel Paillao.

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Berlin Film Festival - Peace Film Award
Guadalajara Film Festival - Special Jury Award
Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse - SIGNIS Award
Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival - Jury Special Mention
Uruguay International Film Festival - Best Feature Film Award; Human Rights Competition
Krakow Film Festival - Silver Horn Best Documentary Award

DIRECTOR: Lissette Orozco


YEAR: 2017

GENRE: Documentary


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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