A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman

An exploration of exile, memory, longing, and democracy as seen through the eyes of one of America’s literary treasures.

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Premiere Date
December 12, 2010
Length
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
International
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    2011 News and Documentary Emmy Awards-Outstanding Editing
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    Producer/Director

    Peter Raymont

    Filmmaker, journalist, and writer Peter Raymont has produced and directed more than 100 documentary films and series during a career of 34 years. His films have taken him to Ethiopia, Nicaragua, India, Rwanda, the High Arctic, and throughout North America and Europe. Raymont is the recipient of 35 international awards including the Canadian Genie, 4 Show more Gemini Awards, several Gold and Silver Hugos, The Sesterce d’Argent and other international honours. His documentary feature, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire was honored with the 2005 Audience Award for World Cinema Documentaries at Sundance Film Festival and the 2007 Emmy Award for Best Documentary. Raymont’s film A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Show less

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    The Film

    World-renowned playwright Ariel Dorfman led a fascinating life as an artist and cultural advisor to President Salvador Allende. But when the Chilean government fell during a military coup in 1973, he managed to survive and fled his homeland. Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman is an exploration of exile, memory, longing, and democracy as seen through the eyes of one of America’s literary treasures.

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