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October 01, 2009 15:39 ET

"ARCHEOLOGY OF MEMORY" by Marilyn Mulford and Quique Cruz, to Air Nationally on the PBS WORLD Series "Global Voices" on Sunday, October 11th, 2009 at 10 PM; A Powerful, Intense and Imaginative Musical Journey, "ARCHEOLOGY OF MEMORY" Follows Exiled Chilean Musician Quique Cruz From the Bay Area to Chile and Back as He Creates His Masterwork: A Multimedia Installation for Healing the Wounds Inflicted by Pinochet's Tortuous Regime

"A wrenching and poetic film that explores the notion of creating beauty from pain." - Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 1, 2009) - "Global Voices," airing on the PBS WORLD channel, presents the television premiere of "ARCHEOLOGY OF MEMORY," a film by Marilyn Mulford and Quique Cruz, on Sunday, October 11th, 2009 at 10 PM (check local listings).

It is easy to have dreams during the best times in our lives, but what happens in the worst of times? What happens to our dreams if we are ripped away from everything we've taken for granted: family, work, shelter, food, freedom from pain and personal liberty? The autobiographical "ARCHEOLOGY OF MEMORY" follows our lead protagonist as he navigates a landscape of state-sponsored torture, forced exile, transformation and healing.

Growing up in a rural town in Chile during the sixties, Claudio Durán is full of dreams. Obsessed with being a musician, he quits school, moves to Santiago and, by seventeen, this son of peasants is playing with world-renowned performers, exploring the indigenous music he loves and relishing the artistic freedom and the optimistic social climate created by the election of Salvador Allende in 1970. Everything seems possible: a better future for Chile's poor, the involvement of artists in supporting a more compassionate regime and the dreams of a richly talented young musician.

But after the C.I.A. backed coup in 1973, the dream becomes a nightmare. Under the regime of General Augusto Pinochet, seventeen-year-old Claudio is incarcerated, brutally tortured for months and, after a year in different concentration camps, exiled to the United States. Scarred physically and psychologically by torture and the death or disappearance of many friends, Claudio becomes silent and secretive, working menial jobs, deeply alienated from American society. He adopts a new name, Quique Cruz, and tries to avoid his traumatic memories by lying about his past, even to doctors who see the damage torture has done to his face. But his dreams do not die, and with the arrest of Pinochet in 1999, a creative door opens; after thirty years of secrecy, he finds the strength to tell his story through the creation of a music suite and multimedia performance piece.

The film inventively chronicles Claudio's personal and artistic journey, cutting between California and Chile and between the creation of the performance piece and the story it is exploring. Claudio's first-person narrative, verité scenes and music, combined with flashbacks consisting of artwork and reenactments, illuminate his journey. It is a journey riddled with obstacles, but Claudio discovers once again the power of art in transforming even the deepest pain; he finds that new dreams can arise from the imagination as healing begins. Finally, Quique and Claudio are able to speak with a single voice. And, with the recent election of Michelle Bachelet as the new president in Chile -- a woman who is also a survivor of torture -- he is able to perform this piece in his native land, allowing Quique to take Claudio's story home.

About the Filmmakers

Quique Cruz (Producer/Director) is a Chilean-born musician/composer and writer, who has created, performed, taught and recorded Latin American music for over thirty years. In addition, he has created, participated and consulted in multimedia productions involving theater, dance and visual arts. Cruz has recorded and performed with artists including Jackson Browne, Mimi Fariña, Pete Seeger, Jorge Strunz and Sting, among others. He published "Memories of an Ex-Chess Player," a book about his experiences as a political exile. He is currently the leader of the Latino fusion jazz ensemble Quijerema.

Next up, Cruz will be scoring the documentary "The Road to Chulumani" directed by Rick Tejada Flores; his next film project is a documentary about the legendary Afro-Venezuelan singer Maria Rodriguez. Cruz has a degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley, earned a master's degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and is presently a Ph.D. candidate in Modern Thought and Literature.

Marilyn Mulford (Producer/Director) has worked in all aspects of documentary and experimental filmmaking for many years. She directed "Freedom on My Mind," a feature documentary about the Mississippi Voter Registration Project. It won several awards, including an Academy Award® nomination for Best Feature Documentary and the Grand Jury Prize for Best documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. It aired nationally on the PBS series "American Experience."

Mulford also produced and directed "Chicano Park," the story of a Mexican-American barrio being destroyed by the city of San Diego. The film won awards at the Chicago and Houston International Film Festivals, Best of California at the National Educational Film Festival and was aired on PBS. She has also participated in La Peña Productions Group, creating multimedia programs about repression in Latin American.

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