The Chalatenango Massacres
For this documentary project, I will accompany a group of civil war survivors in the process of gathering post war testimonies in the department (province) of Chalatenango.
Their stories need to be recorded, known and preserved, and that is the premise and the starting point of this documentary project. The objective is to gather some of these survivor’s testimonies. Following their steps will be an opportunity to explore their intimate journeys: how they travel in time to retrieve memories and how they articulate and re-signify those recollections into political commitment. The research, from a narrative perspective, will be oriented to the use of conversational methods, based on dialogue and collaboration.
Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the Salvadoran Civil War, an event that had important implications for Canada. Our country played a pivotal role in the Salvadoran refugee crisis, and Salvadorans are one of the largest Latin American communities in Canada. For members of the Salvadoran diaspora, our project will offer the possibility of reconnecting with events that affected their own lives. For Canadians in general, the project will contribute to raising awareness of this historical episode.
Director and Producer: Juan A. Bello
The project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts (Explore and Create Program) and the London Arts Council.