The Silence of Others

The Silence of Others

with director Almudena Carracedo
November 10, 2019

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

This powerful documentary follows the victims of Spain's 40-year dictatorship under General Franco who continue to seek justice to this day.


A 1977 amnesty law in Spain known as "the pact of forgetting" prohibits legal action related to the oppression, torture and murder of an estimated 100,000 people during Franco's 40-year dictatorship. But for much of the population—including the survivor who passes his torturer's home every day on the way to market, the children of forcibly disappeared parents found buried in mass graves, and parents still searching for their children seized at birth and handed to Franco's allies—there is no peace in silence. 

Taking strength and inspiration from justice-seekers in Chile and Guatemala, the people in The Silence of Others fight an urgent battle against state-imposed amnesia to get recognition and admission of guilt. From award-winning directors and executive producer Pedro Almodóvar comes a powerful, poetic film about a country still divided four decades into democracy.  D: Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar, Spain, subtitled, 2018

Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Leslie Center for the Humanities 

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