The Silence of Others

by Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar , Spain, USA 2018 , 96’

María Martín’s mother was murdered during the Franco regime, and her body has lain in a mass grave now for almost a lifetime. María wants to rebury her mother’s remains, but excavating the grave is blocked due to a Spanish amnesty law adopted in 1977 that prohibits the prosecution of those who worked for the Franco regime for their “political” actions. What this means in practice is that crimes are being concealed and hushed up. María is one of many Spaniards burdened by an unresolved past. It’s estimated that 100,000 victims are still buried in mass graves. Tens of thousands of babies disappeared from hospitals, and dissenters were tortured and imprisoned. For six years, filmmakers Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo followed a group of victims and family members attempting to use international law to prosecute some prominent figures from Franco’s regime in Argentina. Executive produced by Pedro Almodóvar, The Silence of Others observes these people and gives them a voice. They clearly cannot forget, even though some of them wish they could.

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