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The Settlers

Spanish, English Subtitles


The first feature by Chilean director Felipe Gálvez Haberle is simultaneously a cutting takedown of the colonial cowboy fantasies propagated by Hollywood, as well as being one of the best Western movies in years. With stunning photography of Patagonia’s natural locations, a gorgeous musical score, and an expansive scope that rivals great Hollywood westerns like The Searchers or Stagecoach. The Settlers initially premiered to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival, and has since played at TIFF, Telluride, and the New York Film Festival. It is Chile’s official submission to the Oscars this year.

Indigenous people around the world have suffered greatly at the hands of European colonizers. The Settlers tells the tragic story of Chile’s campaign to clear the land of indigenous people and the ultimatum that was given to the survivors of this genocide; either assimilate or die. Throughout our continents, from the southernmost tip of Patagonia, all the way to the northernmost point in Nunavut, colonizers have not just attempted to claim the land, but to erase the indigenous inhabitants entirely. The Settlers directly forces us to confront the uncomfortable and tragic truths of how every nation in the Americas was founded. This is not an easy film to watch, but it isn’t meant to be. It is our duty to interrogate the history we have been taught, and films like The Settlers are necessary viewing.


DIRECTOR(S)Felipe Gálvez Haberle
PRODUCER(S)Stefano Centini, Benjamín Doménech, Santiago Gallelli, Thierry Lenouvel, Emily Morgan, Giancarlo Nasi, Matias Roveda
SCREENWRITER(S)Antonia Girardi, Felipe Gálvez Haberle, Mariano Llinás
CASTMark Stanley, Sam Spruell, Alfredo Castro


RUN TIME: 97 Minutes