Friday January 11, 2013 marks the eleventh anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. The notorious facility received its first 20 prisoners on January 11, 2002. In the years since, shocking revelations of prisoner abuse, prisoner suicide and repeated desecrations of the Koran have dogged both the Bush and Obama administrations.Hector Aristizabal, Los Angeles based activist and a member of the Program for Torture Victims, also a torture survivor himself. On Thursday January 10th 2013, Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar spoke with Hector in studio about Guantanamo and about a Los Angeles event taking place on January 11th calling for the closure of the facility.Watch a video of the interview in KPFK radio here:“>
A glimpse into the energy, joy, playfulness and gifts of the children of West Belfast participating in our sessions in Northern Ireland with Hector Aristizábal, Alessia Cartoni, Uri Noy-Meir and 5 interns from Italy and Spain, during November 2012:
This is how a road trip during our internship program looks like. A trip to the giant’s Causeway with Yke, Giulia, Eider, Oscar, Angelo and Alessia in october 2012, N.Ireland:
An interview with Hector Aristizábal with simultaneous translation in Italian about the multiplication of Theatre of the Oppressed in the world. Milan,Italy, August 2012:
A conversation with Hector Aristizábal about Forum Theatre, august 2012:
A video about Nightwind, a solo performace by Hector Aristizábal about his own torture and its interactive workshop:
Under Pressure, a Forum Theatre Play developed in 2010 by Hector Aristizábal and Luc Opdebeeck at FORMAAT, Rotterdam:
A short documentary on the work that ImaginAction’s Allegra Fonda-Bonardi in collaboration with Green Camel Bell are developing in Gansu Province (China) in 2011-2012 about environmental issues in the Yellow River through theatre.
A video mapping the journey of ImaginAction artists Christine Baniewicz and Uri Noy Meir over the last four months of 2011–from the separation walls in Belfast to the separation walls in Palestine–from wall to wall.
En mayo de 2010, la GIZ y el Colectivo “Hombres y Masculinidades” realizaran una serie de talleres dirigidos por Hector Aristizabal en el marco del Auto 092 y su Programa de participacion, proteccion y prevencion de las mujeres lideresas:
A video in Spanish about Festival International de Teatro in in Barrancabermeja that Diane Lefer and Hector Aristizabal attended in June 2011:
A short video of the ImaginAction team’s residency theatre project in Derry, Northern Ireland (January/February 2011), editted by Uri Noy-Meir:
Bill Hamilton interviews Hector on politics, torture, and his performance in Kiss of the Spider Woman (Autumn 2010):
American Friends Service Committee interview Hector about his work, June 2008:
One of ImaginAction’s first projects in Palestine, The Olive Tree Circus: