Just got back from An Afternoon w/ Santiago in SF. Here’s a short video history (with English subtitles) of Radio Venceremos, Ten Years of Taking the Sky by Storm:
Most of his talk focused on the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen. It’s a museum of people’s stories and memories in San Salvador.
He said that they put out a call to all Salvadoran people, “you have a piece of Salvadoran history in your trunks” and encouraged them to share their memories publicly. From there, they created traveling exhibitions that brought these memories to rural areas on pickup trucks and asked people from everywhere to contribute.
He focused so much on young people in his talk. The Museo created a trivia game for kids, and a series of animated videos specifically geared toward young people with stories from Cuentos de Cipotes. This is the first video in the series (Spanish, no subtitles):
Although the FMLN is in control of government today, Santiago says the Museo keeps its distance from power because memory needs its own wings to fly. You can catch him tomorrow and Tuesday too at USF:
Monday April 2, 2012, 6:00-8:00 PM, MCL 251
Radio Days in Times of War, Historical Memory in Times of Peace/Dias de Radio en tiempos de guerra, memoria histórica en tiempos de paz
Carlos Henríquez Consalvi “Santiago” founded Radio Venceremos in 1981. For the next 11 years, he served as the voice of the clandestine FMLN radio, broadcasting his reports while constantly evading capture by the military in the northeastern hills of the nation. Radio Venceremos was one of the few sources of oppositional press in El Salvador during the reign of the repressive military regime. As such, “Santiago” and his team were among the first to report on the infamous massacre at El Mozote and other atrocities committed by government troops, played a major role in recruiting campesino support for the revolutionary cause, and provided popular education about socialist ideals and Salvadoran history. Carlos Henríquez Consalvi is the founder and director of a museum, El Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen, in San Salvador.
Tuesday, April 3, 5:30–8:30 p.m., McLaren 251
A forum about community/citizens media in contexts of violence and conflict. Panelists will discuss several experiences and projects illustrating the multiple roles that the media have played and play in different times, historical periods, and locations within the Americas, ranging from civil wars in the 1980s to current violence related to paramilitary groups, drug trafficking, and anti-immigrant policies.