THE SILENCE OF OTHERS
As we began to learn more, we were baffled by basic questions: how could it be that Spain, unlike other countries emerging from repressive regimes, had had no Nuremberg Trials, no Truth and Reconciliation Commission, no national reckoning? Why, instead, was a “pact of forgetting” forged in Spain? And what were the consequences of that pact, 40 years into democracy, for the still-living victims of Franco’s dictatorship?
When we began filming the process of the “Argentine lawsuit” in 2012, which challenged this status quo, few thought that it would amount to much. But as we filmed those early meetings, we could see that the lawsuit was stirring up something vital, transforming victims and survivors into organizers and plaintiffs and bringing out dozens, and then hundreds, of testimonies from all over Spain. As the number of testimonies snowballed, the case was building into a persuasive argument about crimes against humanity that demanded international justice.
We thus discovered that THE SILENCE OF THE OTHERS was going to be a story about possibilities, about trying to breach a wall, and that, rather than focusing on what had happened in the past, it would be all about what would happen in the future. We also saw that the film would embody great passion and urgency because, for many of the plaintiffs, this case would offer the last opportunity in their lifetimes to be heard.
Born in Madrid, Spain, Almudena developed her professional career in the US, where she directed and produced her debut film, the Emmy-winning feature documentary MADE IN L.A. In 2012, Almudena returned to her native Spain to begin work on THE SILENCE OF OTHERS, in collaboration with Robert Bahar. After seven years of work, THE SILENCE OF OTHERS premiered at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), where it won both the Audience Award (Panorama) and the Peace Film Prize.
Previously, her short documentary WELCOME, A DOCU-JOURNEY OF IMPRESSIONS, won Silverdocs' Sterling Prize. Almudena is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Creative Capital Fellow, a Sundance Time Warner Documentary Fellow, a United States Artists Fellow, and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Robert is the Emmy-winning producer/writer of the feature documentary MAADE IN L.A., and spearheaded the three-year impact campaign that brought the film to audiences around the world. In 2012 Robert re-located to Spain to direct and produce THE SILENCE OF OTHERS, in collaboration with Almudena Carracedo. After seven years of work, THE SILENCE OF OTHERS premiered at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), where it won
both the Audience Award (Panorama) and the Peace Film Prize.Originally from Philadelphia, Robert previously produced and directed the documentary LAID TO WASTE, produced the short documentary MEET JOE GAY, and line produced several independent films. He is a Creative Capital Fellow, a Sundance Documentary Fellow, and holds an MFA from USC’s School of Cinema-Television
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar
Written by: Ricardo Acosta, Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar, Kim Roberts
Produced by: Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar
Cinematography: Almudena Carracedo
Editing: Kim Roberts, Ricardo Acosta
Original Score: Jacobo Lieberman, Leonardo Heiblum
Sound Design: Steve Miller
Nominations and Awards
- European Documentary 2018
- EFA Documentary Selection 2018