ABOUT

CIA documents on Salvador Allende were released to the public in 2000. Santiago Files uses CIA documents, taped conversations with Richard Nixon discussing Allende, interview clips with former Director of the CIA, Richard Helms, interview clips with Henry Kissinger, and interview clips with Salvador Allende to tell its story.

"The most memorable conclusion I can recall from the film [Santiago Files], was that Allende had been a leader and whenever a leader arises in Latin America, the US finds a way to get rid of him. We played a role, but the Chileans made this happen. Think of it. We invested $10 million in supporting opposition groups and media. Even in that time, it wasn't very much. The fact is that after the decisions [Allende] made in the first year, time was not on his side. Unless he could control his own coalition which he couldn't the downward cycle was just going to continue." --Judd L. Kessler (Regional Legal Advisor at the U.S. Embassy, 1970-1973)


As of June 2013, the film is part of the American Documentary Film Festival archives (AmDocs) at the Rancho Mirage Public Library in Palm Springs.

Santiago Files running time: 70 min

See a summary of the film and where it has screened at wikipedia: HERE