The Battle of Chile | 1978
"The Battle of Chile: The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie" (1975) examines the escalation of rightist oppostion following the left's unexpected victory in Congressional elections held in March, 1973. Finding that parliamentary democracy would not stop Allende's socialist policies, the right-wing shifted its tactics from the polls to the streets. "The Battle of Chile: The Coup d'Etat" (1976) opens with the attempted military coup of June 1973 which is put down by troops loyal to the government. It serves as a useful dry-run, however, for the final showdown which everyone now realizes is only a matter of time. The film shows a left divided over strategy, while the right methodically lays the groundwork for the military seizure of power. The third part, which documented the efforts of the workers to organize themselves into groups of "popular power," was completed two years later and released in 1978.