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Released to widespread acclaim and controversy in Latin America, MACHUCA explores Chiles bloody 1973 coup through the astonishingly intimate coming-of-age story of a pair of 12-year-old boys. From opposite extremes of society, Gonzalo (Matias Quer) and Pedro (Ariel Mateluna) form an unlikely friendship as politics rip their world apart. Director and co-writer Andres Wood, himself eight when Pinochet seized power, resurrects searing images of life and loss of innocence amidst a crumbling democracy.