Dawson Isla 10

Dawson Isla 10
Directed by Miguel Littín
Produced by Miguel Littín
Cristián de la Fuente
Miguel Ioan Littín
Written by Miguel Littín
Starring Benjamín Vicuña
Cristián de la Fuente
Bertrand Duarte
Pablo Krögh
Music by Juan Cristóbal Meza
Cinematography Miguel Ioan Littín
Azul Films
Release dates
  • September 11, 2009 (2009-09-11)
Running time
117 minutes
Country Chile
Language Spanish
Budget 2 million

Dawson Isla 10 is a 2009 Chilean drama film, written and directed by Miguel Littín, a Chilean film director. The screenplay is based on Isla 10, a book by Sergio Bitar about his experiences as a political prisoner; "Isla 10" was the substitute name their guards imposed him during his imprisonment.


The 1973 Chilean coup d'état resulted in President Salvador Allende being overthrown and Augusto Pinochet coming to power in Chile. This film tells the story of the former members of Allende's cabinet, who were arrested and incarcerated in a political prison, specially designed as a concentration camp on Dawson Island, Tierra del Fuego. The camp had been used in the early 20th century to house Selk'nam and other indigenous peoples, moving them from the main island to end their interference with the large sheep ranches that had been established, as they persisted in hunting in their former territories.

In 1973 hundreds of other suspected communists and political dissidents were also imprisoned on Dawson Island by Pinochet's government. Under the strict control of the Chilean Navy, these men struggled to survive the freezing temperatures and harsh conditions.



The film was nominated for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film at the 24th edition of Goya Awards.

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