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

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A mural honoring Victor Jara in Arica, Chile. Photo by Von Marcelo Urra via wikipedia

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.

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