2020 Digital Storytelling Contest, Short, 1st Prize

‘It’s Mutilation’: The Police in Chile Are Blinding Protesters


The New York Times

When protests erupted in Chile in October 2019, the police cracked down violently, maiming nearly 3,500 protesters with pellets and rubber bullets, many of whom suffered serious eye injuries. ‘It’s Mutilation’: The Police in Chile Are Blinding Protesters brings us inside a busy eye trauma unit in Santiago where doctors are responding to “an epidemic” of severe eye injuries amongst protesters. This video lays bare abuses of power and heavy-handed security tactics that often leave irreversible damage to those fighting for democracy and justice.

Production team

    The Dispatch

    Producer/Reporter: Brent McDonald

    Cinematography: Miguel Tovar

    Editor: Armando de la Cruz

    Fixer: Alexandra Carmona López

    Audio Mix: Matias Barberis

    Graphics: Aaron Byrd

    Director of Photography: Jonah M. Kessel

    Producer: Emma Cott

    Senior Producer: Mona El-Naggar

    Executive Producer: Mark Scheffler