Allende mi Abuelo Allende

Allende mi abuelo Allende / Beyond My Grandfather Allende

A film by Marcia Tambutti Allende

This film was screened as a part of the 2016 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF19)

Allende mi Abuelo Allende


Chile/Mexico, Historical Documentary/Biography, 2015
100 min, Color/Black & White
Spanish with English subtitles

Almost 42 years have passed since a military coup in Chile deposed the democratically elected government of President Salvador Allende. The death of Allende and the years of military dictatorship that followed have left deep scars in both the country and in Allende’s immediate family. In BEYOND MY GRANDFATHER ALLENDE, his granddaughter Marcia Tambutti Allende goes in search of Salvador Allende the man. She attempts to reconstruct the past through informal interviews with her family, quickly discovering that they don’t talk about “Chico,” as he was affectionately known. Memories of him have been buried deep and seem too painful to drag up. Nevertheless, her compassionate but sharp interviewing style prompts the family to talk more about Allende. Marcia goes in search of family photos and videos, and as a result we get to know the kind of man her grandfather was.

Regional Premiere

About the director

Marcia Tambutti AllendeMarcia Tambutti Allende is Chilean-Mexican, having lived for long periods in both countries after initially being forced to leave Chile, and later staying away by choice. She studied biology at the UNAM, the Imperial College, and the Natural History Museum, London. She has lived in Chile since 2007 where she collaborates with the Salvador Allende Foundation and the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity. She works in biodiversity issues, communication of science, and is co-editing an innovative book on Darwin’s Chilean trail. BEYOND MY GRANDFATHER ALLENDE is her first feature documentary.



Producer: Paola Castillo Villagrán
Production Companies: Errante Producciones, Martfilms
Screenwriter: Paola Castillo, Bruni Burres, Valeria Vargas, Marcia Tambutti Allende
Cinematographer: David Bravo, Eduardo Cruz-Coke
Editor: Coti Donoso, Titi Viera Gallo
Sound Design: Cristián Larrea, Juan Pablo Manríquez
Music: Leonardo Heimblum, Jacobo Lieberman
Cast: Salvador Allende, Hortensia Allende, Isabel Allende, Carmen Paz, Gonzalo Allende, Maria Tambutti Allende, and other members of the Allende family

Print Source: Icarus Films,