The Silence of Others

  • Robert Bahar, Almudena Carracedo
  • Spain, United States
  • 2018
  • 96 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests

“There’s a mass grave here,” explains María Martín. The elderly woman leans against the guard rail from which she has just hung a bouquet of flowers. Her mother was murdered during the Franco regime, and her body has lain here now for almost a lifetime. María wants to rebury her mother’s remains, but excavating the grave is blocked due to a Spanish amnesty law adopted in 1977 that prohibits the prosecution of those who worked for the Franco regime for their “political” actions. What this means in practice is that crimes are being concealed and hushed up.

María is one of many Spaniards burdened by an unresolved past. It’s estimated that 100,000 victims are still buried in mass graves. Tens of thousands of babies disappeared from hospitals, and dissenters were tortured and imprisoned. For six years, filmmakers Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo followed a group of victims and family members attempting to use international law to prosecute some prominent figures from Franco’s regime in Argentina. Executive produced by Pedro Almodóvar, The Silence of Others observes these people and gives them a voice. They clearly cannot forget, even though some of them wish they could.


  • 96 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles in: English
Robert Bahar, Almudena Carracedo
Robert Bahar for Semilla Verde Productions Ltd., Almudena Carracedo for Lucernam Films S.L.
Executive producer
Pedro Almodóvar for El Deseo, Agustín Almodóvar for El Deseo, Esther García for El Deseo, Justine Nagan for American Documentary | P.O.V., Chris White for American Documentary | P.O.V., Sally Jo Fifer for ITVS (Corporation for Public Broadcasting), Sandie Viquez Pedlow for Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB)
Almudena Carracedo
Kim Roberts, Ricardo Acosta C.C.E.

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