Besieged Land

Besieged Land

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Spanish with English subtitles

In Southern Chile, in a region of vast forestry plantations, two neighbours, a powerful landowner and a respected Mapuche Chief, fight over contested land. One night, the landowner's home catches fire. He blames his neighbour and, without listening to the Mapuche Chief's protestations of innocence, takes him to court. What starts as a mere dispute between neighbours escalates into "The Trial of Pascual Pichun", a clash between two cultures that have opposing views of the world. At the centre of the conflict lies, in desolation, the land.

Dealing with issues of race, class, etnnicity, land claims,'terrorism' and the criminalization of poverty, this thought provoking film tells a story which is being lived today by people in different countries all over the world.

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