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Nightwind - A Theatrical Performance by Hector Aristizabal

Date: 03.16.2011
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Pauling Hall 216



In Nightwind, Hector Aristizábal recreates the scenario in which he was tortured in his home in Colombia in 1989 for human rights advocacy. They story of the play continues as after his release, he witnessed the killings of many of his friends. In exile in the United States, he noticed that his taxes were funding the war in Iraq including torture at Abu Ghraib and the continued bloodshed in his country. When Aristizábal's brother was abducted and killed by the paramilitary, his own rage and desire for violent revenge was awakened—what he calls "the terrorist within." Inspired by his own young children, the play shows how he finds ways to re-channel this terroristic energy into constructive action. Diane Lefer, co-author, will lead a discussion following the performance.

The book, The Blessing Next to the Wound: A Story of Art, Activism, and Transformation, will be available to purchase following the “Nightwind” performance.  

Sponsored by International Studies Concentration and Social & Behavioral Sciences Concentration at Soka University


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