Last night we went with old friend Jean Cormier (author of several books & videos on the Che, among many other writings) to Ivry (one of the last communist held suburbs of Paris) to catch a play in remembrance of 11 September 1973, the day the democratically elected government of Chili was overthrown by a CIA initiated coup, in which President Salvador Allende died & General Pinochet came to power, ushering in a murderously disastrous period for the country. The theater company, Le Théatre Aleph, & its founder & director, Oscar Castro, where among the many Chileans forced into exile after the coup. They eventually found a home here in Paris where they have been busy creating and staging plays and cultural events. Last night’s offering, written by Cesar Castro and with him in the main role, called The 11 September of Salvador Allende, was a moving recreation, without bathos, of the Chilean leader’s life & achievements. Below, a few photos from the both festive & wistful occasion, which also involved food, drink & memory sharing before & after the play.
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