The Silence of Others


TIFF Lightbox 2 Fri, Apr 27, 2018 6:30 PM
TIFF Lightbox 3 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 12:30 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Sat, May 5, 2018 11:45 AM
Film Info
Country Listing:Spain
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:The Good Fight
Film Subjects:Activism
Crime & Punishment
Politics & Political Intrigue
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Almudena Carracedo
Robert Bahar
Producer(s):Robert Bahar
Almudena Carracedo
Executive Producer(s):Pedro Almodóvar
Agustín Almodóvar
Esther García
Justine Nagan
Chris White
Sally Jo Fifer
Sandie Viquez Pedlow
Editor(s):Kim Roberts, A.C.E.
Ricardo Acosta, C.C.E.
Writer(s):Robert Bahar
Almudena Carracedo
Kim Roberts
Ricardo Acosta
Cinematography:Almudena Carracedo
Composer:Leo Heiblum
Jacobo Lieberman
Sound:Steve Miller


It seems unconscionable that in modern-day Spain, victims of torture live on the same street as their abusers. In 1977, parliament passed a general amnesty law prohibiting the prosecution of any crimes committed by Franco's dictatorship. As a result, José María “Chato” Galante passes by his torturer's window every day, and Maria Martín can't locate her mother's remains to finally lay her to rest. While Chile and South Africa formed truth and reconciliation committees to face their human rights violations, Spain imposed a near-total historical amnesia. A band of courageous survivors launches the groundbreaking "Argentine Lawsuit," a case against Franco conspirators, based in international human rights laws and filed in Buenos Aires. Executive produced by the Almodóvar brothers and winner of the 2018 Berlinale Panorama Audience Award, this rousing testimonial reveals not only how deeply the past can scar, but how willingly it's forgotten. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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