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a film by Michael Leonard

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Ep. 19: Quilts and Politics of Chile

Another World Episode 19

Arpilleras on Display
Arpilleras on Display

Quilts meet politics as Roberta Bacic takes on us a tour of Chilean wall hangings made during women under the Pinochet dictatorship. The quilts are not typical ones – they show village life in all its complications, including the violence, activism, and family life during the 1970s and 80s. The arpilleras have travelled around the world, having been sold and exported in order to raise money for women in Chilean villages and also to tell their stories to the outside world.

See more of the quilts here: http://www.derrycity.gov.uk/museums/quilt.asp

Video of a presentation from Roberta at INCORE on the Magee Campus of University of Ulster is here: http://www.incore.ulst.ac.uk/Seminars/CAIN_13-03-08-RB_ref.html

Roberta with an arpillera
Roberta with an arpillera

And more quilt exhibtions can be seen here:

http://museum.msu.edu/Exhibitions/Current/quilts_and_human_rights.html

An Airport Arpillera
An Airport Arpillera