With the intention of encountering each other, a group of ex-political prisoners formed a theatre collective called La Escotilla in 2012. That year they began acting out a tragi-comic play called Once Upon a Time 571 Days of a Political Prisoner, which is not only performed but also written and directed by ex-political prisoners. Reciting Manuel Paredes tragic poetry, La Escotilla turns the Political Prisoner into the protagonist of their own history by giving an account of their daily life at the very sites in which they were held captive under Pinochet. In this way, they make public some of the carceral stories that were being disappeared behind closed doors.



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