‘Spider’ Director Left Chile Just Before Political Protests Broke Out: ‘I Will Return Tomorrow to Another Country’

The day Chilean director Andrés Wood went to America to promote his film, “Spider,” which is Chile’s Oscar submission this year, his country erupted in protests amid a massive and violent time of political upheaval. What started as anger over a surge in the price of subway fare was just the breaking point in the Chilean populace’s frustration with its government over economic inequality. People took to the streets for days, a state of national emergency was declared, and protestors accused the military of using excessive force.