Patricio Henriquez

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Patricio Henriquez

Patricio Henriquez is an award-winning Quebec based filmmaker.[1][2] Henriquez grew up and trained in film-making in Chile, leaving the country after Augusto Pinochet overthrew the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende.

You don't like the truth, a film he co-directed with frequent collaborator Luc Côté won the best documentary about society award at the first Gémeaux Awards in 2011.[1]

In 1999 the last stand of Salvador Allende won the best history award at the 1999 Hot Docs Film Festival.[3]

Henriquez's film Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd (Ouïghours, prisonniers de l’absurde) had its world premiere on Friday, October 10, 2014, at the Festival du nouveau cinema.[4] The film, about the 22 Uyghur captives in Guantanamo, is his third related to controversial US policies on holding civilians, for years, in extrajudicial detention. Rushan Abbas, a refugee herself, who had become a US citizen and successful in business, and had agreed to go to Guantanamo to serve as a translator, was one of the experts interviewed in the film told the Montreal Gazette why she agreed to be in Henriquez's film when she had declined other invitations.

“When I met Patricio, I saw that not only is he very passionate and a great director, but when I heard about his background, where he came from, I just had an immediate connection with him. He was a refugee himself. He came from another country because he was looking for a better life … a safe life actually. Why am I in America? Why were these people out of China? It just clicked right away. So I wanted to support this all the way.”[4]


  1. ^ a b "Patricio Henriquez: You Don't Like the Truth wins documentary prize at Gémeaux Awards". Montreal Gazette. 2011-09-14. Retrieved 2011-11-18. Montreal filmmakers Luc Coté and Patricio Henriquez’s deeply disturbing film You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo won as best documentary about society at the first Gémeaux Awards gala Tuesday night. mirror
  2. ^ Norman Wilner (2010-10-28). "Movie Q&A: Luc Côté and Patricio Henriquez". Now Magazine. Archived from the original on November 18, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
  3. ^ "1999 Hot Docs Awards Archive". Archived from the original on November 18, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Brendan Kelly (2014-10-09). "Film chronicles the fate of the Uyghurs in Guantánamo". Montreal Gazette. Archived from the original on 2014-10-16. Henríquez’s latest film, Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd, chronicles the fascinating and oh-so-disturbing tale of the 22 members of China’s Muslim Uyghur minority who were held at Guantánamo for more than a decade. They were never convicted of any crime and all indications are that they had nothing to do with any terrorist organization.