Nostalgia for the Light Film Screening

Film Screening
Tuesday, 1 October 2013, 7 p.m.
Room 410, Evans Library Annex
Film screening is free and open to the public.

Nostalgia for the Light Poster

Courtesy of Icarus Films

An Icarus Films release
Directed by Patricio Guzmán
Prix Chalais Winner, 2010 Cannes Film Festival
90 minutes, Spanish, subtitled in English

Introduction and Q&A by Dr. Nicholas Suntzeff, University Distinguished Professor and Mitchell/Heep/Munnerlyn Professor of Astronomy, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas A&M University.

Watch the trailer

About the Film

Photo courtesy of Icarus Films

Courtesy of Icarus Films

In Nostalgia for the Light, director and documentarian Patricio Guzmán travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the Atacama Desert in northern Chile where astronomers from around the world gather to observe the stars. The thin atmosphere and low humidity are ideal for gazing far into the universe. This region was also host to human rights abuses under the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. A concentration camp was created in the Atacama region where thousands of political prisoners were kept by the Chilean army and later “disappeared” after the September 1973 military coup. The remains of these prisoners have been preserved under the hot desert sun, along with the intact remains of Pre-Columbian mummies, and nineteenth century explorers and miners. “Melding the celestial quest of the astronomers and the earthly one of the women [searching for relatives’ remains], Nostalgia for the Light is a gorgeous, moving, and deeply personal odyssey” (Icaraus Films).

About Dr. Nicholas Sunzteff

Suntzeff photo

Photo by Jean Wulfson, Texas A&M University

Nicholas Suntzeff is University Distinguished Professor and holder of the Mitchell/Heep/Munnerlyn Chair of Astronomy in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University. Sunzteff received his B.S. from Stanford University with distinction in mathematics. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from UC Santa Cruz and Lick Observatory. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington and later won a Carnegie Fellowship to work at Mt. Wilson and Palomar Observatories from 1982-86. Sunzteff moved to La Serana Chile in 1986 to become a staff astronomer, and later the Associate Director for Science at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory of the U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory.

His research led to the discoveries of Dark Energy and the accelerated expansion of the Universe and has received numerous awards for his research in cosmology. This science was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011 to members of the science team he co-founded in 1994 with Brian Schmidt.

In 2006, Suntzeff joined the Texas A&M faculty as the Mitchell/Heep/Munnerlyn Professor of Observational Astronomy to build the Astronomy Program at A&M. In 2010, Suntzeff was awarded a Jefferson Fellowship by the National Academies to work at the U.S. State Department as Humanitarian Affairs Officer in the Office of Human Rights.


Wednesday, 2 October 2013, 4-5 p.m. (reception at 3:30 p.m.)
Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building
Roundtable on “Human Rights Abuses and the Politics of Memorial Sites in Latin America”
Paola S. Hernández
 | Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The University of Wisconsin, Madison
Brenda Werth | Associate Professor of World Languages and Cultures, American University