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Attempted murder of Pinochet depicted in animated video ‘El Melocotón’


The Manuel Rodríguez Patriotic Front (Frente Patriótico Manuel Rodríguez/FPMR) was a revolutionary Chilean Marxist-Leninist guerrilla organisation founded in December 1983 as the paramilitary arm of the Communist Party of Chile (CPCh). The 1,500 to 4,000-strong group came together in the aim of violently overthrowing Pinochet’s military dictatorship. After much planning, the FPMR made an assassination attempt on 7 September 1986, attacking Gen. Pinochet’s car – killing five of the dictator’s bodyguards and harming eleven. Pinochet only sustained minor injuries and the group considered it a failure. In a new music video, producer Dementira depicts the attack in a powerful rotoscoping animation.

Chilean glitch hop producer and Discos Pegaos’ label-head, Dementira, besides being one prolific producer, is well known in his hometown for being a talented designer. His graphic artworks can be seen on the covers of albums for the likes of Como Asesinar A Felipes, Fakuta, La Brígida Orquesta, Mariana Montenegro, Faith No More, and of course, on the releases and identity of his label Discos Pegaos.

One of his latest singles and a teaser of his forthcoming release Antorcha, “El Melocotón”, has also been graced by his animation skills. This is his first properly audiovisual work, and tells the story of an attack on then Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet carried out by the FPMR paramilitary organisation in September 1986, with explosive and emotional images made using the rotoscoping animation technique, alluding to the resurgent thirst for social justice in modern-day Chile.

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