During Argentina’s Military Dictatorship (1976-83) hundreds of children were appropriated and given to Dictatorship sympathizers to raise as “patriots.”
Their grandmothers (members of the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo) have been searching for their grandchildren ever since.
The grandmothers commissioned geneticists to develop the equivalent of a paternity test (grandmothers and grandchildren share a blood tracer, so tests are 99.9% accurate) and convinced the UN to accept the tests as legal evidence. As of 2012, 105 of the 500 stolen children have been identified.
Grandmothers and grandchildren share their stories in GRANDMOTHER POWER; some tell success stories, some tell of heartbreak.
News About Grandmothers in Argentina
Updates about the grandmother groups in Grandmother Power
Video: David O’Shea, a journalist who works for Dateline, a program of Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), recently interviewed Estela de Carlotto, President of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, and Marcos Suarez, a repatriated grandson, whose stories are both included in GRANDMOTHER POWER.
Video: In 2010, the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo won the Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize awarded by UNESCO. The first video clip announces their win; the second documents the ceremony and includes President Estela de Carlotto’s acceptance speech.
Documentary: Tahniat Darband, a videographer, accompanied Paola Gianturco to Buenos Aries to document her work on GRANDMOTHER POWER, her interviews for the chapters about Argentina’s Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the Mempo Giardinelli Storytelling Grandmothers. Watch a trailer for Tahniat’s documentary here:
In November 2011, a film was released based on Estela de Carlotta’s life as President of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo. The title, Verdades Verdaderas , means “True Truths” and refers to the grandchildren who have been identified, some of whom tell their stories in GRANDMOTHER POWER.
Animated Film:Abuelas, an animated documentary about an Argentine grandmother who anticipates the
birth of her grandchild with great joy----unaware that she will be forced to wait
for 30 years to meet that child. The film debuted at the Camden Film Festival in
September 2012. Watch the trailer.
Radio Interviews: Paula Logares and Marcos Suarez, both featured in GRANDMOTHER POWER, were interviewed for NPR’s All Things Considered in November 2007. Listen here:
More Reading: A definitive nonfiction book about the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo titled Searching for Life by Rita Arditi , was published by the University of California Press (1999).
Behind the Scenes: These images, which are not in the book, include, scenery, interpreters, people and events that captured Paola’s attention while working in Lujan, Argentina.