Marcela Said

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Marcela Said
Born March, 1972
Occupation Documentary Film director
Years active 1999–present

Marcela Said Cares (born March 1972) is a Chilean documentary filmmaker.

Life and career[edit]

Marcela Said obtained a degree in aesthetics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.[1] She later moved to New York and worked as a photography assistant to Sara Mathews. In 1997, Said moved to France, studying film and media at the Paris-Sorbonne University.

In 1999, Said’s first documentary, Valparaíso, premiered, produced by Les Films d’Ici. Two years later she directed the documentary I Love Pinochet, which focused on supporters of the late dictator Augusto Pinochet. The film won awards at the Valparaíso Film Festival and the Santiago International Documentary Festival (FIDOCS), and received an Altazor Award.[2]

In 2006, Said directed a third documentary, Opus Dei, una cruzada silenciosa (Opus Dei, A Silent Crusade) alongside Jean de Certeau. The film looked at the influence of Opus Dei in Chile.[3] Her next film, The Young Butler (El Mocito in Spanish), focuses on the story of Jorgelino Vergara, a man who worked in a torture centre during the Chilean military regime.[4] This documentary was also directed together with Jean de Certeau. The Young Butler also received an Altazor Award in the category of best documentary.[5]

In 2013, Said’s film The Summer of Flying Fish premiered in the Directors' Fortnight at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[6] [7] The fictional film tells the story of young Manena, on vacation in the south of Chile, and explores the Mapuche conflict and Mapuche culture in Chile.



  1. ^ Marcela Said Cares. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  2. ^ Marcela Said, I Love Pinochet. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  3. ^ Opus Dei, A Silent Crusade. Adoc: Association of Chilean documentary filmmakers. Retrieved 8 June, 2013.
  4. ^ El Mocito, la cinta sobre el sirviente de la DINA que irá al festival de Berlín. La Tercera. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  5. ^ Marcela Said y Jean de Certeau. 8 June 2013.
  6. ^ Chile en Cannes. La Tercera. 28 April, 2013. Retrieved 19 May, 2013.
  7. ^ La Psicomagia de Jodorowsky hipnotiza Cannes. El Mercurio online. 18 May, 2013. Retrieved 19 May, 2013.

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