I am from Chile

(I Am From Chile)
Gonzalo Díaz Ugarte | Comedy, Drama, Fiction

2013 | 108 minutes | Chile

A coming of age story, I Am From Chile draws from the director’s personal experiences to tell a different kind of immigration story.


A coming of age story, I Am From Chile draws from the director’s personal experiences to tell a different kind of immigration story.

I Am from Chile is the story of Salvador, who moves to London from Chile to study English and travel around Europe at his parents’ expense. He stays with his aunt María (acclaimed Chilean actress Paulina García of Gloria, Illiterate), who makes a rather decent living renting the rooms of her house to other immigrants. But when a financial crisis back home leaves Salvador with no resources of his own, he has no other choice but to make ends meet with the help of María and his roommates (including a Russian drug dealer and his Japanese girlfriend), taking on a series of short-term, and at times, dangerous jobs. Difficult and challenging situations will force Salvador out of his protected bourgeois reality and into the real world.


"Paulina García gives another great performance as Maria, and Diego Ruíz, who played Salvador, won special mention at the Festival Cine de Punta del Este. Recommended." — Elena Landry, George Mason Libraries, EMRO

Main credits

Díaz, Gonzalo (film director)
Díaz, Gonzalo (screenwriter)
Martel, Dominique (film producer)
Ruiz, Diego (actor)
García, Paulina (actor)
Jiménez, Trinidad (screenwriter)

Other credits

Cinematography, Sergio Armstrong; editor, Danielle Fillios; music, Vadoinmessico, Eduardo Caces, Teresita Cabeza.

Paulina García, London, immigration, travel, Europe, England, UK, expat, spanish, spanish language, latin america, latin american cinema, latin american film, ibero america, latin, latinx, latino, latina,,migration studies, migrant studies, immigration studies, refugee studies, diaspora studies, resettlement studies, settlement studies, migration, migrant, immigration, refugee, diaspora, resettlement, settlement, refugees, international migration, continental migration, resettling, settlers, settler, migrant, migrant studies, first generation immigrant, first generation immigration, new americans, new spaniards,culture, identity, identity politics, culture wars, left wing, right wing, intersectionality, identity groups, civilization, literacy, humanism, cancel culture, online culture, cultural revolution, cultural diffusion, culture shock, popular culture, pop culture, material culture, cultural capital, cultural assimilation ,child, children, childhood, kid, girl, girlhood, boy, boyhood, teen, teenager, puberty, adolescence, adolescent, coming-of-age, minor, kiddo, kids, juvenile, stripling, moppet, tyke, tween, tot, toddler, sonny, girlie, underaged, dependent, youngster, infancy, babyhood, girlhood, boyhood, friendships, juvenescence, juvenility, springtime, early life,sociology, anthropology, psychology, sociological, sociological perspectives, conflict theory, human conflicts, sociological thinking,conflict perspective, topics in sociology, sociology topics, sociology studies, social studies, people and cultures, human relations, human relationships, cultural studies, culture studies ,economics, social class, money, capital, capitalism, class, economy, prejudice, intersectionality, inequality, poverty, income gap, wage gap, class warfare, elitism, snobbery, bourgeois, poverty, upper class, middle class, lower class, nouveau riche,family, kin, fellowship, household, immediate family, extended family, multigenerational family, multigenerational household, kinfolk, family tree, genealogy, nuclear family, modern family, family tree,south america, south american countries, countries in south america, argentina, bolivia, brazil, chile, colombia, ecuador, guyana, paraguay, peru, suriname, uruguay, venezuela, south american politics, south american culture, south american cuisine, south american education, south america in media, south american languages, south america history,chile,i am from chile,Diarios de motocicleta,latino,no,gael garcia bernal,I am from chili,Greece and migration,i am not alone,akira,latino english,i'm from chile,I am Greta,in the garden of beasts,japanese film,spanish,soy de chile,ruiz,Japanese films,I am your man',immigration,financial crisis,argentina,drug dealers,chilean cinema,araya,World War I,Chilean movies,film chile,shorts,Remastered,maria alvarez,chilean spanish,Russian short,machuca,drama,rent,comedy latin america,russian films,paulina,room for a man,latinos,Chilean,I AM JONAS,Paulina García,I am dragon,immigrant,spanish movies,ivan,musica campesina,I am from chile,russian,soccer stories,cinema paradiso,japanese,roommates,argentinian movies,comedy,movies in spanish,short comedy in spanish,chile: hasta cuando,Chilean films; Chile; Spanish; Latin America; "I am from Chile"; Pragda; narrative; drama; latinamerfilm; immigration; politics; youth; ; comedy
No clips are available yet.

Barranquilla Film Festival - Special Mention, Best Ibero American Film
Festival Cine de Punta del Este - Special Mention, Diego Ruiz;
Havana's International Festival of New Latin American Cinema
Latin American Film Festival of Montréal
Chicago Latino Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Gonzalo Díaz Ugarte


YEAR: 2013

GENRE: Comedy, Drama, Fiction


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: College, Adults



Existing customers, please log in to view this film.

New to Pragda? Register to request a quote.