The Silence of Others, dirs. Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, Spain / USA 2018, 96 min., Spanish with English subtitles
The Silence of Others documents the first attempt in history to prosecute the crimes of Franco’s 40-year dictatorship. Confronting the impunity of the perpetrators, the film brings to light a painful past that Spain is reluctant to face, even today, decades after the dictator’s death.
Filmed over six years, the story unfolds across 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 following the principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows foreign courts to investigate crimes against humanity if the country where they occurred refuses to do so.
Through this arresting narrative, The Silence of Others speaks to universal questions of how societies transition from dictatorship to democracy and how individuals confront silence and fight for justice.