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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.


[Trailer below]


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