SPAIN / U.S.A, 2018, 96 min, DCP, in Spanish with English Subtitles
Filmed over six years, The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, as they organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight a “pact of forgetting” around the crimes they suffered. A powerful and poetic cautionary tale about fascism, and the dangers of forgetting the past.
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 admit, 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.
Lincoln Spector, Bay Flicks
Epic, yet intimate
Jonathan Richards, PASATIEMPO
Faith and change in Amazing Grace and The Silence of Others. Stuart Klawans, The Nation
It has made a difference in the world.
The Spanish Civil War is still among us, says this moving documentary Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
One of the bitterest cinematic history lessons you'll ever see
An object lesson for Americans against letting authoritarians act without consequences for their actions
Long Walk to Freedom Michael Sandlin, Film Int
one of the most socio-historically significant European documentaries of recent years
Bev Questad, It's Just Movies
James Van Maanen, Trust Movies
Necessary documentary about Spain's ongoing fascist history
Nicolas Barber, BBC Online
State-stifled trauma from the Franco dictatorship comes to the fore Guy Lodge, Variety
Gripping, densely packed
IDA Documentary Magazine
Exceptionally moving… In a style evocative of the best of Patricio Guzmán… this film is a milestone in recovery of a past that is not over—and, to invoke Faulkner, not even past
Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
A stirring documentary… a very necessary story, delivered with rigor and conviction
Alfonso Rivera, Cineuropa
This courageous, moving, lithe, necessary and eye-opening documentary dares to demand the truth
Spanish citizens attempt to seek justice for atrocities carried out by General Franco’s regime Screen Daily
Unfolding with all the force of a classic political thriller by Costa-Gavras or Francesco Rosi