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Otterbein to Host Documentary About the Lost Children of Argentina's Dirty War

March 29, 2012

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University will host a preview screening of the documentary, Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, in room 110 of Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St. The screening is free and open to the public.

Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity is the story of “The Dirty War” in Argentina, when a military dictatorship controlled the country and kidnapped, tortured and killed as many as 30,000 dissidents between 1976-1983. In some cases, women dissidents who were pregnant were murdered after giving birth and their babies were given to supporters of the military regime.

Today, an organization called Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, or The Grandmothers of May Plaza, is dedicated to finding these missing grandchildren. Now in their 20s and 30s, these “lost” grandchildren have no knowledge of their past or of their true identities. Through historical material, relevant literature and more than 40 in-depth interviews with Las Abuelas, the found grandchildren and other members of their families and communities, the documentary tells the story and brings the historical and cultural context that is needed to understand the impact that such a crisis has for people from many different generations. The film asks the question, “Is the right to know who you are a basic human right?”

Learn more about the documentary at searchforidentitydocumentary.com.

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