This week we present a feature interview with internationally acclaimed writer Ariel Dorfman, who recalls Chile's brutal Pinochet regime, and the lives it destroyed and scattered across the globe. He reflects on revolution, repression and the haunted life of the political exile...
Living in Toronto, a city of new immigrants and refugees, one often looks at the people passing on the street, wondering how they came to Canada and about their personal stories; stories, perhaps, of escape and exile from faraway lands. Almost anyone who has had to leave a native land, never knowing if they could ever return, has experienced the ache of exile. People fleeing wars and repression may find a place of refuge, but still, there's that state of limbo, of feeling caught between two worlds.
Ariel Dorfman, knows this feeling well. In the early 1970's, he was caught up in the heady days of Salvador Allende's Socialist revolution in Chile. He had made a name for himself as an author, and was part of the government. But after a military coup in 1973, which brought General Augusto Pinochet to power, he and his friends and a whole generation of left wing supporters were hunted down by the military, and many brutally executed.
Dorfman miraculously escaped. But the experience of his youth has haunted him ever since. He became a famous writer in the West and eventually wrote a blockbuster play and then movie, "Death and the Maiden", that described one former victim's confrontation with a man she recognizes as her torturer.
Most of Dorfman's adult life has been defined by what he lost in exile and what he found after much painful inner struggle. He has just made a documentary film about his life, directed and produced by Canadian filmmaker Peter Raymont, of Whitepine Pictures. The film is called "A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman". Brian recently sat down to talk to Dorfman about this film, which echoes the experience of so many refugees.
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Aug 05, 2008, 21:20:35
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