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Los Cassettes del Exilio

For much of Dennis Maxwell’s childhood, his father was living in exile, communicating with the family via cassette tapes. Winner of the TC/RHDF 2017 Best Documentary: Foreign Language Award.

2017 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2017 / Dennis Maxwell / Radio Ambulante, USA

For much of Dennis Maxwell’s childhood, his father was living in exile, communicating with the family via cassette tapes. Winner of the TC/RHDF 2017 Best Documentary: Foreign Language Award.

A few years ago Dennis went to Chile and helped his brother move. Among the moving boxes they found around 20 cassettes. So Dennis listened to them again, and discovered that the story of his father and the impact of his exile was even more complicated and fraught than he’d remembered.

Los Cassettes del Exilio was produced by Dennis Maxwell with editors Camila Segura, Silvia Viñas and Daniel Alarcón for Radio Ambulante.

This story is in Spanish. Check out the custom-made subtitled video of Los Cassettes del Exilio from Radio Atlas - made just for Third Coast!


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Dennis Maxwell

Dennis Maxwell (@dennistmaxwell) was born in Santiago, Chile, and the first significant present he received as a boy was a camera. At that moment Dennis began to dedicate himself to capturing images. Later on, he started telling stories.


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