The Silence of Others
Wednesday, February 26
Directors: Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar
Run time: 96 minutes
Speaker: Lucia Osa-Melero, Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Duquesne University
The Silence of Others captures the first attempt in 77 years to prosecute crimes of Spain's 40-year dictatorship under General Franco (1939-1975). In a groundbreaking international court case, victims of re-education camps, child abduction, torture, and extra-judicial killings have come together to break their silence and confront perpetrators who, unbeknownst to much of the world, have enjoyed impunity for decades. Through the compelling contemporary story of the case and the personal journeys of several of its plaintiffs, The Silence of Others explores the shadows the past still casts upon the present in Spain. What happens when a country is forced to reckon with its history after many years of silence? What happens to those who have endured - and then dare to break - such silence? Can justice really be done after so long?