Chile is voting for their new president.
Two women are running.
The young democracy is moving on. Congratulations to both of them. However.
The first act of the Military Junta, 13 September 1973 set the weekly workers schedule to 44 hours. 40 years after this is still the rule.
Santiago, Museum of Human Rights and Memory. Warm morning of late november.
Nr. 1 – Entrance of the Museum of Memory
Doorman of the museum (DM): – Ah you are here for Alfredo Jaar –
I: – Yes, I was down the staircase but it was closed –
DM: – of course it’s lunch time they are coming back at 14h00 –
I: – but it’s now 12.30 –
I (sounding desperate): – this is my only morning in Santiago and I am coming from far away. I had a long trip to come here. –DM: – yeah but they are eating –
DM: – yeah but they are eating –
I: – but at 14h00 I need to be in the other side of the town to catch a bus and I will never see the memorial anymore –
DM: – mmmm – (pause)
DM: – you can go she will open it for you –
I: – Thanks! –
Nr. 2 – Memorial “geometry of conscience” by Alfredo Jaar
Guard: – You enter and there is dark, don’t worry –
I: – yes –
I enter and there is dark and all of a sudden a flashing light appears and the silhouettes of a thousands of men and women, dead or alive, who witnessed the violence of the Military Regime in Chile appear – no frills – no explanation – just in your face. Three minutes. and then out. the sun shining. Walking out the stairs is part of the experience, coming back to light, from underground. To democracy.
Nr. 3 – Museum of Memory 1st Floor
Brazilian Girl: – Lo mataron? – (they killed him? referred to President Allende)
I: – he had no other choice –
BG (with a light in her black eyes): – it’s horrible what they did –
I: – yes –
On the background, images of the bombing of “La Moneda”, Chile Government building on 11 September 1973 by the military forces guided by General Pinochet.