Missing is a 1982 film directed by Costa Gavras, starring Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea and Charles Cioffi.
It is based on the true story of American journalist Charles Horman, who disappeared in the bloody aftermath of the Chilean coup of 1973 that deposed President Salvador Allende.
It depicts Horman's father and wife searching in vain to determine his fate. The film is based on a book first published under the title The Execution of Charles Horman: An American Sacrifice (1978) by Thomas Hauser, which was later republished under the title Missing in 1982. The score is by the Greek electronic composer Vangelis.
Missing won the Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Lemmon), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sissy Spacek) and Best Picture.
The film won the 1982 Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the Cannes Film Festival.
Missing was banned in Chile during Pinochet's regime.
Reading through some texts on the subject, I came across these paragraphs in Portuguese that speak so truly of the world we've been living in ever since the outbreak of Cold War.
As to nowadays, I believe we'd just have to make some little changes…
«Se, a 11 de Setembro de 2001, todos quisemos ser nova-iorquinos, é bom que, por isso, não deixemos de ser chilenos.
Chilenos teremos passado todos a ser, se não desde 1970 com a eleição de Salvador Allende, pelo menos desde que, numa terça-feira 11 de Setembro, no ano de 1973, no mesmo dia em que, em Nova Iorque, se inauguravam as gémeas torres do World Trade Center, aviões atacaram o Palácio de la Moneda e bombardearam o sonho da liberdade, da democracia e do socialismo, e suicidaram Allende.»
If, on September 11th, 2001, we all wanted to be New-Yorkers, it is important that, for that reason, we won't stop being Chileans.
We all will have become Chileans, if not since 1970 after the election of Salvador Allende, at least since that Tuesday, September 11th, in the year of 1973: on that very same day when the twin towers of the World Trade Center were being inaugurated in New York, airplanes were attacking the Palace of la Moneda and bombing a dream of freedom, democracy and socialism. Allende «was being suicided».
Let's not forget, shall we?