My Imaginary Country

Directed by Patricio Guzmán

83 minutes / Color
Spanish / English subtitles
Release: 2022
Copyright: 2022

Patricio Guzmán

One day, without warning, a revolution exploded. It was the event that master documentarian Patricio Guzmán had been waiting for all his life: a million and a half people in the streets of Santiago, Chile, demanding justice, education, health care, and a new constitution to replace the strident rules imposed on the country during the Pinochet military dictatorship. Urgent and inspired, MY IMAGINARY COUNTRY features harrowing front-line protest footage and interviews with dynamic activist leaders and powerfully connects Chile's complex, bloody history to contemporary revolutionary social movements and the election of a new president.

“Critics' Pick! Patricio Guzmán, Chile’s cinematic conscience, chronicles the uprising that shook the country starting in 2019.” —A. O. Scott, The New York Times

“It’s a vindication, not just for the nation, but for its most clear-eyed, full-hearted chronicler. Would that all countries were so lucky as to have a Patricio Guzmán, to help with the painful process of recovering what has been lost and, as with MY IMAGINARY COUNTRY, occasionally to celebrate what has been gained.” —Jessica Kiang, Variety

“Guzman’s heart and soul investment in the film and the snapshots of people power in action make for an emotional and involving documentary.” —Allan Hunter, Screen International

“Raw and immediate… a powerful portrait of Chile.” —The Economist

“The sense of excitement and possibility they feel—even wonder—is exhilarating.” —The Boston Globe

Other Ways to Watch


Home use DVD for $29.98

Available online from:

Colleges, Universities, Government Agencies, Hospitals, and Corporations

Purchase DVD for $348.00

Available for educational streaming from:


A film by Patricio Guzmán
Produced by Renate Sachse

Select Accolades

  • 2022 Cannes Film Festival
  • 2022 Toronto International Film Festival


The epic chronicle of Chile's open and peaceful socialist revolution, and of the violent counter-revolution against it in 1973, now on a special edition 4-DVD set.

Patricio Guzmán | 1998 | 320 minutes | Spanish | English subtitles

Patricio Guzmán's latest film completes a trilogy on his native Chile, and the lasting impact of Pinochet’s coup d’état.

Patricio Guzmán | 2019 | 85 minutes | Color | Spanish | English subtitles

In Chile's Atacama Desert, Patricio Guzman studies distant galaxies, ancient civilizations, and the remains of the disappeared.

Patricio Guzmán | 2011 | 90 minutes | Color | Spanish | English subtitles

The story of the landmark legal case against General Augusto Pinochet of Chile, before and after his arrest in London in 1998. 


Patricio Guzmán | 2002 | 109 minutes | Color | English; Spanish | English subtitles