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THE SILENCE OF OTHERS

by Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar

synopsis

José Galantes cannot and will not accept that his torturer is living only a few metres away from him, unpunished. Maria Martín is fighting to ensure that her father’s bones are exhumed from a mass grave and buried next to her mother’s remains. However, an amnesty law passed by a large majority in the Spanish parliament in 1977 not only guaranteed the release of all political prisoners, but also prohibited prosecution of any of the crimes committed by Franco’s dictatorship. For this reason, many atrocities remain unsolved to this day. Over a period of six years, the filmmakers spoke to victims, relatives and human rights lawyers about their long-standing struggle to obtain admissions of guilt and the abolition of the amnesty law. Their film also describes how a movement that began in someone’s kitchen eventually succeeded in gaining sufficient awareness for suppressed injustice that an international trial was held, during which arrest warrants were issued against no fewer than twenty former perpetrators of Franco’s regime. This intelligently edited film suffused by symbolic visuals paints a picture of a still-divided society, torn between forgetting and coming to terms with its past.

international title: The Silence of Others
original title: El silencio de los otros
country: United States, Spain
sales agent: Cinephil
year: 2018
genre: documentary
directed by: Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar
film run: 95'
cinematography by: Almudena Carracedo
film editing: Kim Roberts, Ricardo Acosta
music: Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman
producer: Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar
executive producer: Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García, Justine Nagan, Sally Jo Fifer, Sandie Viquez Pedlow
production: Lucernam Films, El Deseo, Semilla Verde Productions (US), American Documentary | POV (US), Independent Television Service (US), Latino Public Broadcasting (US)
backing: Bertha Foundation (US), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (US), Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (US), Oak Foundation (US), Guggenheim Fellowship (US), United States Artists Fellowship (US), Catapult Film Fund (US)