As one of many luminaries behind Chile’s Nueva Canción folks motion, singer-songwriter Víctor Jara was renowed worldwide for his heartrending protest songs selling social justice, freedom and equality. Yet in 1973 — after General Augusto Pinochet led a U.S.-backed navy coup in opposition to the democratic socialist President Salvador Allende — Jara turned certainly one of three,000 civilians who have been rounded up, tortured and massacred by Pinochet’s regime contained in the sports activities complicated then often known as Chile Stadium.
The story behind Jara’s demise is investigated additional in “Massacre on the Stadium,” an upcoming episode of ReMastered — a Netflix unique docuseries that digs deeper on a few of music’s best mysteries, together with the doubtful circumstances behind Bob Marley’s assassination try and Johnny Cash’s go to to the Nixon White House.
Directed by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, the producer and director behind 2015 documentary Havana Motor Club, the most recent installment not solely goes inside the times main as much as Jara’s demise, however follows the story of Pedro Barrientos Núñez, a former Chilean military official and accused assassin of Jara, who now lives as a free man in Deltona, Florida. Despite the Chilean authorities’s requests to have him extradited from the United States and tried as a prison — plus a courtroom order by the State of Florida to pay $28 million to Jara’s household — Barrientos adamantly claims innocence.
Jara’s music and legacy would encourage scores of Chilean musicians, from Gepe to Alex Anwandter, in addition to English-language artist-activists like Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen and The Clash. “Massacre at the Stadium” might be obtainable for streaming on Friday, January 11th.