The Silence of Others

A film by Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar

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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.

Press

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

IDA Documentary Magazine

A stirring documentary… a very necessary story, delivered with rigor and conviction

Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

This courageous, moving, lithe, necessary and eye-opening documentary dares to demand the truth

Alfonso Rivera, Cineuropa

Unfolding with all the force of a classic political thriller by Costa-Gavras or Francesco Rosi

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