The People’s Train of Culture (Carolina Spinoza) Chile

The People’s Train of Culture
Carolina Spinoza
España/Chile. 2015. 60 min.

The Popular Train of Culture was an initiative of the government of chilean president Salvador Allende, to bring culture to people who did not have access to it. For this, in February 1971 Allende chartered a train to the south of Chile with 60 artists for 40 days, to make artistic representations in remote villages. The initiative was part of Measure 40 of its government program, whose ultimate goal was the creation of the National Institute of Arts and Culture and art schools in all provinces of the country. The history of the train tries to establish links with some aspects of the educational and cultural initiatives of the Second Republic in Spain such as the Pedagogical Missions, the Theater of the Town, the Theater of La Barraca or with other previous experiences as the Trains of Agitation of the Russian Revolution.

Carolina Spinoza was born in 1974 in Concepción, Chile. She is a journalist and anthropologist. Degree in social communication at the University of Concepción and Master’s degree in economic information at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. Her audiovisual experience goes back to 1995, when she worked in the television information department of Universidad de Concepción. Subsequently, in 1997, she worked in the 24 hour news program of the National Television of Chile.