“A milestone in recovery of a past that is not over.”
– IDA Documentary Magazine
Shot over six years, The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day.
Victims and survivors come together to organise the ground-breaking international ‘Argentine Lawsuit’, and fight against a state-imposed amnesia – a ‘pact of forgetting’ – of crimes against humanity. Four decades into democracy, this is in a country still divided.
Backed by Pedro Almódovar, the film also chronicles the search for the stolen children and the 100,000 bodies still thought to lie in unmarked civil war graves.
“Unfolding with all the force of a classic political thriller by Costa-Gavras or Francesco Rosi… The Silence of Others emerges as a moving salute to the small victories of determined individuals.”
– Screen Daily
“Part of it was trying to understand how all of this is possible,” says co-director Carracedo. “How is it possible today that there are people who are dying before they’re able to exhume their loved ones and bury them in a cemetery in a country with such Christian values? How is it possible that there are thousands of children who don’t know who their parents are?”
The film is a powerful, poetic, cautionary tale about fascism, and the dangers of forgetting the past.
Previous festival appearances for The Silence of Others include
Berlin International Film Festival, Germany:
winner, Audience Award (Panorama)
winner, Peace Film Prize
Hot Docs, Canada
Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK: winner, Grand Jury Award