SOURCE: Haiku Films

August 29, 2005 15:49 ET

Independent Filmmaker Highlights Community in Exile at Workshop

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 29, 2005 -- Writer/director Mabel Valdiviezo, took her narrative script, "Soledad Is Gone Forever," to the Squaw Valley screenwriting workshop this summer. A prestigious incubator, only 24 screenwriters in the country are selected to participate every year. Industry experts that attended, mentored and nurtured the fresh voices were very interested in the script. "It was the most validating experience I have had so far as a writer and filmmaker," says the Peruvian born filmmaker.

Some mentors at the program included: Diane Fuller, program director; Tom Rickman (Squaw program co-founder/Coal Miner's Daughter); Gene Corr (Waldo Salt); Pamela Gray (Walk on the Moon); Michael Lehmann (Heathers); Tom Schlesinger (Nowhere in Africa); Camille Thomasson (Ave Maria); Greg Beal; Sarah Ryan Beck; Gail Silva; Owen Prell and Peggy Rajski.

Mabel's script, is an intimate psychological portrait of a Chilean exile who goes back to Chile to bury her father's bones and reconcile with her country's violent past. Like many survivors of the Pinochet era, Soledad Gonzalez, now a young gifted photographer living in San Francisco, is haunted by the 8-year-old Soledad, who awakens in nightmares with the vision of her father's disappearance.

Chilean immigrants worldwide who survived the Pinochet reign of terror more than two decades ago have given their voices to Soledad Gonzalez. "Countless children witnessed the violent transgressions of human rights during this military regime. I wanted to know what happened to their minds and hearts. During interviews with Chilean immigrants living in the U.S., I found them deeply affected by their past and unable to talk about it," said Valdiviezo.

"Soledad Is Gone Forever" explores the long-term consequences of war and its effects across many generations. It gives voice to a global community of forgotten exiles, offers the universal hope of healing and delivers a resolve to prevent further violations of an individual's human rights.

"Soledad Is Gone Forever" is a production of Haiku Films. The project is currently seeking assistance from sponsors & donors, an experienced producer and a bilingual lead actress.

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