SILENCE OF OTHERS, THE
THE SILENCE OF OTHERS offers a cinematic portrait of the first attempt in history to prosecute crimes of Franco's 40-year dictatorship in Spain (1939–1975), whose perpetrators have enjoyed impunity for decades due to a 1977 amnesty law. It brings to light a painful past that Spain is reluctant to face, even today, decades after the dictator's death. Filmed with intimate access over six years, the story unfolds on two continents: in Spain, where survivors and human rights lawyers are building a case that Spanish courts refuse to recognize, and in Argentina, where a judge has taken it on using the principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows foreign courts to investigate crimes against humanity if the country where they occurred refuses to do so. (Note adapted from Argot Pictures.) Winner, Panorama Audience Award, Best Documentary and Film Peace Award, 2018 Berlinale; Best Documentary, Pare Lorentz Award, 2018 International Documentary Association; Grand Jury Award, Sheffield Doc|Fest, 2019 Goya Awards; Official Selection, 2018 AFI DOCS, Hot Docs, IDFA, Morelia and Mar del Plata film festivals; 2019 CPH:DOX, Guadalajara and Cartagena film festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD Robert Bahar, Almudena Carracedo; SCR Ricardo Acosta, Kim Roberts. Spain/France/Canada/U.S., 2018, color, 96 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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