New documentary looks at the legacy of murdered Chilean folk singer Victor Jara

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BY Rob Lorei

On Radioactivity Friday we look at the life and legacy of Chilean  folk singer Victor Jara. Jara was a well known musician, theater director, teacher and advocate for social justice in his home country, considered by many to be the Bob Dylan of Chile. During the US-backed Chilean coup of 1973, Jara was detained and taken to a near by sports stadium where he was tortured and later murdered in an abandoned area. Now filmmaker John Summa has made a new documentary, The Resurrection of Victor Jara, looking at Jara’s influence on his contemporaries and the lasting effect of his work in Chilean Society.