The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society in association with Wolfson College and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford invites you to:
Free Film: NO
with talk by Alan Angell, author of Democracy after Pinochet
Auditorium, Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford OX2 6UD
7pm, Friday 28 October 2016
As the UK emerges from its own bruising referendum campaign, we present a screening of NO — the Oscar nominated dramatization of the 1988 referendum in Chile to decide the future of the country’s military dictator Augusto Pinochet.
Rather than focusing on the negative legacy of the dictatorship, the ‘No’ campaign enlisted the services of a young advertising executive to present a message filled with the promise of hope and happiness on offer under a new democratic system.
Interweaving documentary footage of the surreally optimistic actual advertising campaign, the film raises probing questions about the possibilities and pitfalls of direct democracy.
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar and starring Gael García Bernal, NO is a funny and inspiring account of a referendum campaign that offers a much-needed lesson from history in the wake of recent such campaigns in the UK, Colombia, and Hungary.
Alan Angell is author of Democracy after Pinochet, Associate Member of the Latin America Centre, and Emeritus Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford. He was an observer at the 1988 referendum in Chile and ran a programme for academic refugees from Chile to study in the UK.
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