When you give 17 filmmakers free reign to document Pope Francis’ 2018 visit to Chile, you get GOD – a series of satirical, politically poignant and highly entertaining tableaus. Despite the Catholic church’s best efforts, the pews are increasingly empty, while in the streets, people are protesting for LGBTQ rights, the depenalisation of abortion and in support of the Mapuche people. As a symbol of religious and worldly power, Francis becomes a focal point for the tensions that define modern day Chilean society.
Christopher Murray, Israel Pimentel, Josefina Buschmann
GOD and PROPAGANDA (BIFF, 2014) is directed by a collective of seventeen young Chileans from the group MAFI – Mapa fílmico de un país (“filmic map of a country”), led by Christopher Murray, Israel Pimentel and Josefina Buschmann.