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The Silence of Others

Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar
Screening time  
26.02. / Tuesday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 2  
28.02. / Thursday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 4  
Beautifully lensed over six years, this time-sweeping documentary is both a chronicle and a thoughtful meditation driven by the stories of anguished victims during Spain’s 40-year military dictatorship.

General Francisco Franco’s oppressive regime tolerated no dissenters, no opponents, and no free speech, until as recently as 1975. In a groundbreaking international court case, the victims of re-education camps, child abduction, torture, and extra-judicial killings have come together to break their silence and confront the perpetrators who, unbeknownst to much of the world, have enjoyed impunity for decades.


Almudena Carracedo

Almudena Carracedo was born in Madrid. Her short documentary debut Welcome, A Docu-Journey of Impressions (2003) won the Silverdocs Sterling Award. She directed and produced her debut feature film, the Emmy-winning documentary Made in L.A. (2007). In 2012 she returned to Spain to work on The Silence of Others (2018). 


Robert Bahar

Robert Bahar was born in Philadelphia, lives and works between Madrid and New York and holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television. As the film’s producer and writer, he won an Emmy for documentary Made in L.A. (2007). Prior to that, he produced and directed the documentary, Laid to Waste, and line produced several independent films.

General sponsor

El Silencio de Otros

USA, Spain
2018, 96'

Directed by:
Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar

Almudena Carracedo

Edited by:
Kim Roberts, Ricardo Acosta

Leo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman

Festivals & Awards:

Berlin International Film Festival 2018 – Audience Award, Peace Film Prize; Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 –  Grand Jury Award; FIFDH Genève 2018 – Jury Special Mention; Hot Docs 2018; AFI DOCS 2018; Docs Against Gravity Film Festival 2018; Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York 2018; Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2018