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The Archives of the Cardinal - 2010


"The Archives of the Cardinal" is a fiction series based on real events.
The series tells the story of lawyer Ramón Sarmiento (Benjamín Vicuña) and social worker Laura Pedregal (Daniela Ramírez), both employees of the Vicariate of Solidarity, an organism founded by Cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez which mission was to advise the victim's families in the defense of human rights during the Chilean military dictatorship between 1973 and 1990. The task of social workers in this institution was to receive politically persecuted people and their relatives, specially those of missing detainees. Subsequently, the lawyers had to take legal action, such as writ of protection, which was intended to defend people.
The series begins with Ramón Sarmiento, a lawyer and member of an upper-class family that had suffered the expropriation of their haciendas during the Agrarian Reform under the government of Eduardo Frei Montalva. Investigating the discovery of skeletons on a farm near his own, Sarmiento meets Laura Pedregal, who works at the Vicariate with her father, Carlos Pedregal (Alejandro Trejo). Together they begin to get involved in the stories of those persecuted by the security agents of the dictatorship, such as the Central Nacional de Informaciones, under the direction of the vicar Cristián (Francisco Melo), a role inspired by the story of the priest Cristián Precht.


Production Companies: Promocine in association with Parox

Original Idea: Josefina Fernández

Director: Nicolás Acuña

Executive Producer TVN: Rony Goldschmied

Executive Producer Parox: Leonora González Jelincic

Screenplay: Josefina Fernández, Nona Fernández, Luis Emilio Guzmán

Music: Camilo Salinas

Director of Photography: Arnaldo Rodríguez

Daniela Ramírez, Benjamín Vicuña, Alejandro Trejo, Paly García, Néstor Cantillana, Iván Alvarez de Araya, Francisco Melo, Edgardo Bruna, Consuelo Holzapfel, Daniel Kiblisky, Natalia Grez, Mateo Iribarren, Víctor Montero, Carmina Riego, Omar Morán, Mauricio Dell, Víctor Rojas, Mauricio Rojas, Camila Paris, Sissi Fuentealba, Pablo Pomareda, Alejandro Ruz, Armando Bastidas.

Broadcasting Channel: Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN, Chile)

Duration: 12 chapters x 60 minutes

Official Site: Link Link (CNTV T1), Link (CNTV T2)