ABUELAS - Directed, Animated & Co-Written by Afarin Eghbal
Pixilation and stop-frame animation with mixed media
© NFTS 2011 9mins 16secs Digibeta 1:85FHA Colour Dolby Digital 5.1
[Spanish and English with English Subtitles]
In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, an old woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild and all the joys of becoming a grandmother. However, horrific circumstances mean she is forced to wait over 30 years.
Abuelas explores the traumatic ramifications of General Videla's military dictatorship in Argentina from 1976-83, whereby an estimated 30,000 men, women and children, 'disappeared'.
Using real-life testimonials from members of the 'Grandmothers of May Square', this animated-documentary raises issues of memory and loss. The film is testament to the extraordinary tenacity of these women, who continue fighting for the truth about their missing relatives.