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TW-50318-13

Independent Feature Project, Inc. (Brooklyn, NY 11201-1122)
Robert Bahar (Project Director: June 2012 to present)

The Silence of Others

Development of a 60-minute documentary film about the hundreds of thousands of children who were taken from their parents by authorities and placed into adoption during and after Franco's forty-year dictatorship in Spain.

It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of babies were stolen in Spain between 1939, the end of the Spanish Civil War, and the 1980s. What began as an attempt by Franco's forty-year dictatorship to "improve the Spanish race" and eliminate "leftists", evolved into a system that targeted single mothers and the underprivileged, and that enjoyed complete impunity even in post-dictatorship, democratic Spain. Until now. In The Silence of Others, we will follow the families of the ninos robados (stolen children) as they begin the search for stolen children and lost parents, attempt to confront the perpetrators and challenge decades of silence. Through these deeply human contemporary stories and their historical context, The Silence of Others will explore Spain's struggle to reconcile with its past.

Project fields:
European History

Program:
Bridging Cultures through Film

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$70,000 (approved)
$70,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2013 – 12/31/2014