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Nostalgia for the Light - Video Review

By December 5, 2012

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One sleepless night a few weeks ago, I saw about 20 minutes of a beautiful documentary on the Atacama Desert of Chile called Nostalgia for the Light: and I couldn't rest until I got a copy of it.

Nostalgia for the Light - Cover Art
Courtesy Icarus Films

The Atacama Desert is a high altitude desert in Chile, and it is best known among archaeologists for holding the oldest mummies in the world--the Chinchorro--and for being a hazardous leg on the llama caravans of the Inca and Tiwanaku civilizations. But Nostalgia for the Light combines politics, environment, history, astronomy and archaeology to reveal a complex intertwined story in which everyone seems to be an archaeologist.

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January 28, 2013 at 7:55 am
(1) michelfriedli says:

great to read
your comment on nostalgia from Guzman, effectively all the relief of human path is highlighted here, from the highest interest in fareway stars to the deep underground sadness facing political obscurantism
thank you
michel friedli
the economy and durability in ancient societies are a very actual thema nowaday that a few people keep speculating on wheat when millions starve: we had systems to provide ressources for all and for the next year seedcultures, when today speculations consume half of the harvests even before they are rife

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