The untold story of the Chilean Revolution to big screen

Carlos Weber, one of the victims of the violent times Chile went through during the 70’s unveils his experience in a documentary by the Puerto Rican filmmaker Arleen Cruz-Alicea.

27 years old Chilean journalist that broke his silence about his detention and torture following the coup of 1973 in the documentary "Cuentas Pendientes" directed by the Puerto Rican Arleen Cruz-Alicea.

"The project is an exploration and provocation of things that remain open," explains Cruz-Alicea on the play, premiered this week at a theater in San Juan.

The film project reviews the events that Weber lived on the 11th September of 1973 in Coronel, when a group of soldiers arrested and tortured him after the coup that led Augusto Pinochet.

"Memory is important because memory is all we know before we can really know the truth, to do some justice and is the way we can learn," said Weber the public who attended the presentation Sunday of the documentary.

With 19 years at the time and faithful follower of the ousted socialist president Salvador Allende, Weber was beaten and taken to a prison for "only having a ideal different" from Pinochet, according to the communicator in the documentary he says.

After surviving different types of torture, Weber left his native country on 5th of April 1974 and settled in Argentina, where he was arrested.

Because of the mental disorder suffered, he does not remember the exact time he was imprisoned.

In August 2011, when he learned that his name was included in the list tortured the Valech Commission document by which the government apparatus made admission of rampant violation of human rights that lived thousands of Chileans, Weber felt the need to break the silence.

It was why then contacted Cruz-Alicea and told him his story, which filmed traveling to Chile and Argentina, where the Chilean journalist was found with family, friends and fellow survivors militancy coup.

"His return to Chile was a vehicle for healing and to heal his silence. He healed by speaking not only to the camera but his family and daughter. There will always be outstanding bills, but will never be completely cured," Cruz-Alicea said.

"Carlos went to Chile, but get your feet wet. Although he had returned before on other occasions, this trip was different," said the director of the documentary, to be presented at the upcoming International Film Festival of Fine Arts of San Juan, between on 29 September and 9 October next.

Cross-Alicea added that Weber had to "give personality and take it personally, to humanize and to not be one more story that might be on the books."

"During the passage of the film we wanted to find answers and questions that are not answered, decisions of silence, healing the body to torture or emotional burden of the family by their experience," said the also producer and screenwriter.

"Hopefully the documentary will be able to sensitize people regarding the impact it had persecution, and hopefully in our case as we look at our history with greater understanding and keep walking," he added.

The documentary also was selected to participate in the parallel "New International Filmmakers" XXV Madrid Film Festival, which will take place from 14th to 25th of October.

The film will officially be on the Puerto Rican billboard chart since the next 17th of November.

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