Diary of a Pig War (1975)

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29 March 2020 | jessicacoco2005
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| A political metaphor of inaction, passivity, and modern cognitive dissonance!
Based on Adolfo Bioy Casares 1969 prophetic novel, the film was made during the U.S. sponsored Dirty War which started in 1974 just before the eve of the 1976 military coup where a vicious military dictatorship was installed in power. The Dirty War, part of US Operation Condor, lasted from 1974 to 1983. It tortured and murdered over 300,000 people; mainly students, journalists, artists, trade unionists, and other potential political dissidents from neoliberals to socialists, and left-wing Peronism. Well-directed and suspenseful, the film is a political metaphor of inaction, passivity, and modern cognitive dissonance and denial in today's population. A strong fascistic youth group is killing senior citizens which it dubs "pigs" or useless eaters. One group of seniors who try to deny their age called "the boys" led by Don Isidro, a middle- aged man, are targeted by this group. Excellent acting; especially by Jose Slavin, Marta Gonzalez, and Leandro Rey. A Must See underrated forgotten classic.

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