SEVENTEEN YEARS have passed since the end of the war. During those years I have participated in the creation of a new utopia: the Museum of Word and Image, the genesis of which can be found in a desire to help the people of El Salvador give lasting form to their memories and recognition to their cultural identity.
The establishment of the museum has helped preserve important archives that detail the political and cultural history of the country and, in particular, the social struggles. With these materials, the enthusiastic and creative team that works with me not only produces books, instructional games, and audiovisual materials, but also travels throughout the Salvadoran territory presenting workshops and expositions. Through their efforts, they are preserving the past while validating the importance of cultural identity as an essential building block for the future.
THIS AFTERNOON the television networks are beginning to broadcast election results that, from the beginning, have proclaimed the FMLN victorious. In our neighborhood the sounds of celebratory fireworks fill the air.
My little son, Camilo, and I film groups of young people who are carrying red flags and beginning to gather in the Plaza Masferrer, just a short distance from the presidential palace.
In a short while the plaza becomes the epicenter of joy and hope, a sea of smiling faces. Perched in trees, a dozen youths wave flags and shout enthusiastically. Someone gives me a hug and praises the role that Radio Venceremos had in bringing all of this about. I am moved and, again, find myself without words to express my feelings.
With the support of important sectors of society that have opted for change, the people who yesterday struggled to take power through the use of arms are today winning elections. The big winner is, of course, El Salvador.
All the struggles of the past seem to be present again today and to bloom