The Silence of Others, dirs. Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, Spain / USA 2018, 96 min., Spanish with English subtitles
This screening is followed by a Q&A with director Robert Bahar.
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.
Presented in partnership with Violet Pictures
Sun, 24 Nov 2019
£13 Full, £11 Concs/Green, £7 Blue Members.
All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated.