The Resurrection of Victor Jara
A film by John Travers
This film was screened as a part of the 2017 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF20)
Chile/France/USA, Music/History/Social Issue Documentary, 2015
89 min, Color
English, Spanish with English subtitles
A hail of bullets in 1973 could not silence singer-songwriter legend Victor Jara, who has powerfully reemerged more than 40 years after his untimely death. His friends and fellow musicians, family, and some of today’s most prominent artists have joined together to explain why Victor remains relevant today. Victor was the heart and soul of the South American movement known as Nueva Canción (New Song) of the 1960s and early 1970s, which embraced issues of justice, peace and freedom. He took a stand for these issues and paid for it with his life. Following his death, most of his music disappeared from public view, in the face of severe political and cultural repression. The film explores this period of resistance leading to the eventual reemergence of Victor’s music and his resilience in the collective memory.
About the director
Son of novelist Robert Travers and half-brother of singer Mary Travers (of folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary), John Travers began making films at the age of eleven. At University of Bridgeport film school, Travers won the coveted Student Academy Award for his 44-minute thesis film, JENNY. He has edited 16 feature films, as well as TV series, documentaries, trailers, music videos and commercials.