Recommended for A level year 13 and equivalent level Spanish
This study day examines the themes of the film (Franco dictatorship, memory, trauma, and amnesia) and how film can raise a better understanding of these important issues at national and transnational level. Students will be provided with information about the directors and the historical and socio-political context of the film. After the screening, an interactive study session will include further discussion on the content of the documentary and film analysis activities. A study guide will be available on the day.
Led by Carmen Herrero, Head of Spanish at Manchester Metropolitan University
Screening: El Silencio de Otros (12A)
Dir Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar/Spain/USA/2018
95mins/Spanish with English Subtitles
In April 2019 we commemorated 80 years since the end of the Spanish Civil War, but also the beginning of a 40-year dictatorship; The Silence of Others captures the first attempt to bring to justice those accused of political crimes committed in the name of General Franco’s government. In a ground-breaking international court case, victims of re-education camps, child abduction and torture have come together to break their silence and confront the perpetrators. Filmed over six years, we follow survivors as they fight a state-sanctioned amnesia and watch as sections of society begin to break away from the longstanding Pact of Forgetting to rally to the call for truth and justice.
Teachers are to be advised that this film contains material that some may find distressing.
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