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Award-winning Documentary Film on March 6

Award-winning International Documentary Film to be screened at NC Wesleyan College

Rocky Mount, N.C.— NC Wesleyan College will host a screening of the award-winning international documentary film, Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 pm.   The event is open to the public without charge in the Powers Recital Hall of the Dunn Center on the Rocky Mount campus.

Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo in Argentina is committed to finding their lost grandchildren believed to have been stolen by the government of their country some 30 years ago.  At least 10,000, and some estimate, as many as 30,000 dissidents of the military dictatorship were kidnapped, tortured, and killed during Argentina’s Dirty War (1976-1983).  They became known as Los Desaparecidos – the disappeared.

Some of the women were pregnant or were new mothers when they were captured, and the infants ended up in the homes of government officials and others sympathetic to the regime.  The new parents changed the babies’ names, birth dates, and other details about their identities.  Through extensive research and persistent efforts, Las Abuelas has located more than 100 of the missing children, many of whom had no knowledge of their past nor of their true identities.  Some 400 still remain to be located.

The documentary film Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity tells the story of the grandmothers’ 35-year search for their missing grandchildren.  Following the screening of the documentary, UNC-Chapel Hill students involved in the project will be available to answer questions.

The world premiere of the film was held in January in Chapel Hill and other screenings are planned in cities throughout the country.  For more information, contact Patricia Infantino at NC Wesleyan College, pinfantino@ncwc.edu

The documentary film Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity tells the story of the grandmothers’ 35-year search for their missing grandchildren.  Following the screening of the documentary, UNC-Chapel Hill students involved in the project will be available to answer questions.

The world premiere of the film was held in January in Chapel Hill and other screenings are planned in cities throughout the country.  For more information, contact Patricia Infantino at NC Wesleyan College, pinfantino@ncwc.edu