Mar 05 2014

Can Theater and Art Help Ukrainians Resolve Their Differences?

Although the conflict in Ukraine seems intractable, we turn next to one person who has deep hope that through dialogue and art, people rather than politicians can resolve their differences. That person is Hector Aristizabal, a Los Angeles based activist and a member of the Program for Torture Victims.

Hector was born and raised in Colombia during an era of repression, and survived a harrowing experience of military detention, interrogation, and torture. Coming to the United States, he began to practice his own training, providing support and therapy for at-risk and incarcerated youth, immigrants, and others.

He told the story of his life in a book he co-wrote called The Blessing Next to the Wound: A Story of Art, Activism, and Transformation. Hector was just in Ukraine from February 12 through the 20th, as clashes between protesters and the government were escalating.

GUEST: Hector Aristizabal, therapist, psychologist, actor, artist and activist and is the founder and Artistic Director of Imaginaction, a non-profit theater arts organization.

Visit www.imaginaction.org for more information.

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