Silence of Others
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The Silence of Others
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.
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 ...