April 26: Award-winning film

Documentary on Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo to be shown


9:26 a.m., April 19, 2012--The award-winning documentary Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity will be shown at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 26, in 130 Smith Hall on the University of Delaware campus in Newark.

UD Latin American and Iberian Studies is sponsoring the event.

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The documentary tells the story of Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, an Argentinian human rights organization of grandmothers committed to finding their lost grandchildren, who they believe were stolen by their country¹s government some 30 years ago.

At least 10,000 -- and some estimate as many as 30,000 -- dissidents of the military dictatorship were kidnapped, tortured and killed during Argentina's Dirty War from 1976-1983. Those kidnapped became known as Los Desaparecidos, or "the disappeared." 

Some of the women were pregnant or new mothers when captured, and infants ended up in homes of people sympathetic to the regime. The babies' names, birth dates and other identifiers were changed. Las Abuelas has located more than 100 missing grandchildren, many who had no knowledge of their true identities.

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