Directed by Tina Leisch • Documentary • 2013 • 85 minutes
It was once illegal to read books by Roque Dalton, one of El Salvador's most celebrated poets, in his own country. A descendant of legendary outlaws the Dalton Gang, he devoted his life to the cause of socialist revolution in Latin America - leading ultimately to his murder at age 39, in 1975.
ROQUE DALTON: LET'S SHOOT THE NIGHT! looks back on the life of this key figure in the movement resisting military dictatorship in El Salvador, and sheds new light on the circumstances of his death. It's a multi-faceted exploration not only of the life of one revolutionary writer, but also of the culture of social ferment that washed through Latin America in the late 20th Century.
'Should serve to redress the historical and political maturity of a country in the process of social transformation.' - El Tecolote