Silence of Others

Winner
Panorama Audience Award
Berlin International Film Festival
Winner
Peace Film Award
Berlin International Film Festival
Nominee
Best Documentary
Los Angeles Film Festival
Imagine going to Germany and seeing that there were still statues of Hitler. That was what Spaniards faced after the death of Franco.

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The Silence of Others

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.

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.
Genre
Documentary, Fascism, History, Justice
Runtime
96
Language
Spanish
Director
Robert Bahar
Almudena Carracedo
Awards:
Winner, Panorama Audience Award, Berlin International Film Festival
Winner, Peace Film Award, Berlin International Film Festival
Nominee, Best Documentary, Los Angeles Film Festival
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FEATURED REVIEW
Allan Hunter, Screen International

There is no embracing the future without confronting the past in 'The Silence Of Others,' an elegant reckoning with the legacy of General Franco’s 40 year dictatorship. Emmy-winning filmmakers Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar ('Made in L.A.') handle complex issues in a way that is clear-sighted ...

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