My Friend Diego
zondag 25 maart 2012 - 19:30
The panel will be about the consequences of having been tortured and how it affects a person’s life. The personal story of Luis, the protagonist from My Friend Diego, will be discussed. What was it like for him to return to the place where it happened, confront his torturer and tell his story in front of the camera - a story that he had never told before, not even to his wife and children. With Luis Alberto Alacon, the directors Pablo Eppelin & Rob Brouwer and the Argentinian writer Alejandra Slutzky. Moderator Jonathan Groubert (RNW).
Chilean-Dutch director Pablo Eppelin coordinates the Noticias digital platform, a network for social and cultural organisations in the Netherlands that focus on Latin America. The origins of the network can be traced back in part to the Latin American political refugees who came to the Netherlands in the 1970s and 80s. Pablo Eppelin fled Chile with his parents and describes himself as a ‘second-generation refugee’.
Director Rob Brouwer is Head of the Audiovisual Department at Amnesty International.
Luis Alberto Alarcon was a victim of torture under the Pinochet regime in Chile. He’s been living in the Netherlands for five years. He discovered via a television show that his torturer was going to stand trial in Chile. He wanted to return to testify in court, but could not afford to make the trip, so he asked Amnesty Netherlands if they would be willing to give him the opportunity to go to the trial. Amnesty agreed and made a documentary about his case.
Alejandra Slutzky is the author of a book entitled De Stilte (The Silence) about her family’s history in Argentina. In 1977, her father was pulled from his bed in the middle of the night by officials from the Videla regime and was never seen again. In 1978, Slutzky and her brother fled to the Netherlands; their mother stayed in Argentina, where she eventually died. At that point, Slutzky was a 14-year-old unaccompanied asylum-seeker in the Netherlands. She went on to university in that country and ended up working as an IT specialist. In 2000, she established the Dutch division of HIJOS (Sons and Daughters for Identity and Justice Against Oblivion), which works to support children who were victims of the Argentinean dictatorial regime.
Jonathan Groubert is the presenter and producer of the award-winning radio show ‘The State We’re In’ on Radio Netherlands Worldwide. He was there in the show’s early days in 2007 and has been presenting it ever since. The show is broadcast every week. Groubert grew up in New York and moved to the Netherlands twenty years ago, where he started his career as a radio producer.