Zurita, You Will See Not to See

(Zurita, verás no ver)
Alejandra Carmona Cannobbio | Documentary

2019 | 76 minutes | Chile

National Literature Award Laureate Raúl Zurita is not only one of Latin America’s most celebrated and controversial living poets; he is also a rocker, a human rights activist, a public figure, and a tireless struggler. This documentary is an account of his travels and daily life, as he reflects on topics such as state terrorism and death.


National Literature Award Laureate Raúl Zurita is one of Latin America’s most celebrated and controversial living poets. He is not only a great poet – one that has captured his work on paper, on the Chilean geography, and even on his body – but also a rocker, a human rights activist, a public figure, and a tireless struggler. The film is an account of his experiences during his travels and his daily life, as he reflects on topics such as state terrorism and death.

Born in 1950, Raúl Zurita is among the most celebrated and decorated, living Latin American writers. During the Chilean dictatorship that lasted from 1973 to 1990, Zurita published a trilogy of books: Purgatory, Anteparadise, and The New Life, and helped to form the art collective Colectivo de Accion de Arte (CADA) that used performance as an act of political resistance. His poems are of impressive size, inscribed in nature, visible from the sky or the sea. Strength and fragility emerge from his work. Zurita seeks to show the ephemeral and transitory that represents the passage of our lives as humans on this Earth. Through his story, he shares his approach as an artist as well as his political commitment.


"Under the eyes of church and dictatorship, he began to write and publish his poetry, juxtaposing secular and sacred, ruled and unruled. With a mysterious admixture of logic and logos, Christian Symbols, brain scans, graphics, and a medical report, Zurita expanded the formal repertoire of his language, of poetic materials, pushing back against the ugly vapidity of rule by force." — C.D. Wright

Main credits

Carmona Cannobbio, Alejandra (film director)
Carmona Cannobbio, Alejandra (screenwriter)
Zurita, Raúl (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Cinematography, Enrique Stindt; editor, Andrés Fuentes Cannobbio, Valeria Valenzuela; music, Miranda & Tobar, Andrés Fuentes Cannobbio.

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International Independent Film Festival of Buenos Aires
Valdivia International Film Festival - Best Chilean Film
Woman Filmmaker International Film Festival
FEMCINE - Special Jury Mention
Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse
Visions Du Reel
Trieste International Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Alejandra Carmona Cannobbio


YEAR: 2019

GENRE: Documentary


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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