Directed by: Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo
Pat’s Picks/ Documentary
Total Runtime: 96 min
Country of Origin: Spain, USA
Winner Social Justice Award, Hamptons International Film Festival 2018; Winner Best Documentary Feature, Goya Awards 2018
(Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening)
The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice for atrocities committed during his regime. Filmed over six years by Emmy-winning filmmakers Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo, this deeply moving, clear-eyed and stunningly shot film follows victims and survivors as they organize the groundbreaking “Argentine Lawsuit” and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity in a country still divided four decades into democracy. The film plays out like a political thriller, following and championing those who cannot forgive or forget, revealing the existence of streets and monuments honoring Franco and delving into the tragic mystery of the country’s thousands of missing children. The legacy of Franco is explored with compelling urgency, as are the small, but essential, victories of brave and determined individuals. In Spanish with English subtitles.