El poder de la palabra
The Power of Speech

Francisco Hervé

Chile, Documentary, 2009
75 min, Mini DV, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


Hardy, along with many other Chileans, makes a living selling knickknacks on the buses of Santiago. But in 2005 the government announces that Chile “will soon become a world class country and we will have a modern and elegant public transportation system,” meaning they will no longer tolerate commerce on buses. As a result, Hardy brings together two thousand colleagues in a struggle to survive modernity. Without attempting to impose a master narrative, the film presents glimpses into the mobilization of proponents of informal economy in the face of government attempts to sell its “modern” policy. El poder de la palabra won a Special Jury Prize at the Festival Internacional de Documentales de Santiago in 2009.


US Premiere



Francisco Hervé is a writer, director and producer with Panchito Films. He studied journalism and film direction at the EICTV in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. He has worked on various documentaries, television series and short fiction films. He is currently doing pre-production for his first feature film, Vaterland.


Producer: Francisco Hervé
Production Companies: Panchito Films
Screenwriter: Francisco Hervé, Pablo Leighton, Sebastian Brahm
Cinematographer: David Bravo
Editor: Sebastian Brahm, Francisco Hervé
Sound Design: Roberto Espinoza
Music: Fernando Milagros

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