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The Resurrection of Victor Jara

The Resurrection of Victor Jara
Growing up in the 1960s as a young kid, I vividly remember my shock and disbelief upon hearing news of the murder of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy -- leaders who fought for ideals that are universal. Many South American citizens experienced the same tragic disappointment in 1973 when one of their cherished heroes, Chilean singer-songwriter Victor Jara, was tortured and brutally executed for singing songs of freedom and peace.

This feature documentary presents the heroic yet tragic story of Victor Jara: from his rise to prominence as a noted theater director, to his years as a folk-inspired troubadour, finally to his horrific execution at the hands of a fascist military regime -- a junta responsible for summarily executing or 'disappearing' thousands of Chilean citizens. The film also brings Victor's story up to date, turning the camera lens on his powerful and unexpected cultural resurgence in recent years. Victor's 'resurrection' is not accidental -- it's the result of many years of hard work and courageous steps taken by fans, family and determined supporters. Their efforts have paid off: once clandestine, Victor is today a powerful symbol of the struggle for human rights and social justice -- not just in South America, but worldwide.

Celebrity Artists and Musicians in the Film

Some of today's most prominent artists, along with Victor's friends and family, have joined together to tell his story. Among them: Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Emma Thompson, Peter Gabriel, Judy Collins, Jackson Browne, Victor's widow Joan Jara, and Bono, who wrote about Victor in the classic U2 song, One Tree Hill. Also included: interviews and performances by such legendary Chilean music groups as Quilapayun, Illapu, and Inti-illimani, plus many younger musicians, among them Luis LeBert of Chile and Leon Gieco of neighboring Argentina. Help us complete the journey! The Resurrection of Victor Jara chronicles a tragedy of the past that still echoes ominously today -- an eerie reminder of our tenuous hold on freedom and the precious human rights we often take for granted. Now in post-production, we are very close to completing our five-year cinematic odyssey, filmed on three continents, in four languages and featuring over 70 interviews. But we need your help!

We are pushing hard to finish in time for the worldwide celebration of Victor's 80th birthday, September 28, 2012. With your support, we can do it! So please have a look at our trailer, listen to some of Victor's music, and help bring to fruition this powerful and heartfelt tribute to the human spirit. Thank you!

--John Summa Writer/Producer The Resurrection of Victor Jara -The Film Burlington, Vermont, USA
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