The Year I Was Born (El año en que nací)
In The year I was born, eleven Chilean performers born during the dictatorship reconstruct their parents youth from photos, letters, tapes, used clothes, stories, dim memories. Who were my parents when was I born? What was Chile like before I learned to speak? How many versions are there about what happened before I existed or when I was so young that I can’t remember?
Each performer reconstructs scenes from the past in order to understand something for their future. As if they were their parents’ stunt doubles, they put on their clothes and try to represent their lives. Alexandra reconstructs the conflicting versions about the killing of her mother, who was part of the MIR (Revolutionary Left Movement). Viviana reads the trial against her father who was a police officer who killed two militants. Soledad revisits the circumstances when her parents left Chile and went into exile in México….
The year I was born operates around the borders of reality and fiction, the encounter of two generations, the intersection of national history and private stories..