The Silence of Others


Lark Theatre Fri, Oct 5, 2018 8:15 PM
Rafael 2 Sat, Oct 6, 2018 7:30 PM
Film Info
Category:Viva El Cine
Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:96 min.
Director:Robert Bahar
Almudena Carracedo
Producer:Robert Bahar
Almudena Carracedo
Cinematographer:Almudena Carracedo
Editor:Kim Roberts
Ricardo Acosta
Print Source:Cinephil
Note Writer:Victoria Jaschob


Since the death of Spain’s General Franco in 1975, the victims of his 40-year dictatorship have been awaiting justice for the crimes committed against them and their families. The 1976 “Pact of Forgetting,” an amnesty law meant to erase the county’s troubled history, did little to bridge the divide between victims and perpetrators, as it absolved both political prisoners and fascist henchmen of any wrongdoing. This award-winning and poignant documentary, executive produced by Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar, illustrates how a grassroots effort to bring those guilty of crimes against humanity to justice blossomed into a national movement of remembrance and, ultimately, forgiveness. Aided by human rights lawyers and the now-elderly plaintiffs, an Argentine judge battles the Spanish government and time itself to undo decades of state-imposed amnesia. The testimonies of the victims, set against the starkly beautiful Spanish countryside, are a powerful indictment of the country’s dark past of tyranny and oppression.

Expected Guest: Director Robert Bahar  (Oct. 5)

Additional Information

Almudena Carracedo has developed her professional career in the US, where she directed and produced her debut feature film, the Emmy-winning documentary Made in L.A. (2007). She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Creative Capital Fellow, a Sundance Time Warner Documentary Fellow, a United States Artists Fellow, and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University. Prior to Made in L.A., she directed the short documentary Welcome, A Docu-Journey of Impressions, which won Silverdocs’ Sterling Prize.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Robert Bahar lives and works in Madrid, Spain, and Brooklyn, New York. He won an Emmy as producer/writer of the documentary Made in L.A. (2007), and he spearheaded the three-year impact campaign that brought the film to audiences around the world. Prior to Made in L.A., he produced and directed the documentary Laid to Waste, and line produced several independent films. Robert is a Creative Capital Fellow, a Sundance Documentary Fellow, and holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television.