Niños De La Memoria (Children of Memory), about the search for children who disappeared during the Salvadoran civil war, will be broadcast on Global Voices, Sunday June 30, 2013, at 10:00pm.
Niños De La Memoria tells the story of the search for children, now adults, who disappeared during the Salvadoran civil war, survivors of massacres carried out by U.S.-trained Salvadoran Army battalions. Many were “sold” into adoption in the U.S. and Europe. Margarita Zamora, one of three protagonists in the film, is an investigator for a Salvadoran human rights organization, who searches for disappeared children - including her own four siblings. Niños De La Memoria weaves three separate yet intertwined journeys in the search for family, identity and justice in El Salvador, and asks the larger question: How can a post-war society right the wrongs of the past?
The film, produced in association with Independent Television Service (ITVS), Latino Public Broadcasting and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, among others, received an Award of Merit in Film from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). It premiered in Festival AMBULANTE – El Salvador in May 2012 and has screened in a number of film festivals and colleges and universities since then. Niños de la Memoria was produced by Kathryn Smith Pyle and María Teresa Rodríguez, and directed by María Teresa Rodríguez. Edited by Ann Tegnell. Cinematography by Elia Lyssy.
“Niños de la Memoria chronicles one of the worst human rights abuses during the war in El Salvador– the massacre of whole communities by the armed forces and the kidnapping of children who survived.” William LeoGrande, Professor, American University, author of Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977 – 1992.
“…an essential addition to the films about Central America in the 1980s. Its courageous characters, and their urgent work to find all the missing children of El Salvador, are unforgettable.” Pamela Yates, Director GRANITO: How to Nail a Dictator
“…portrays the determination and bravery of those dedicated to finding the country’s disappeared children, as it exposes the government stonewalling that continues to block the truth. Kate Doyle, Senior Analyst, National Security Archive
“…provides valuable support to the task that Salvadoran society has undertaken in the post-war period, in the recuperation of historical memory and the reflections that permit us to strengthen a culture of peace in El Salvador.” Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Director, Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (Museum of the Word and Image), San Salvador, ES
“…about the effort, often painful, to return to the past to give voice to the victims and collect their experiences so that the entire society recognizes what happened.” Miguel Huezo Mixco, La Prensa Gráfica (San Salvador, ES)
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Produced by ITVS International, Global Voices is a critically acclaimed international documentary television series premiering on the WORD channel (check local listings). The first original series to launch on WORLD, Global Voices was included in the New York Times’ Mike Hale’s list of “Favorite TV shows of 2012”. Global Voices is comprised of 18 episodes including programs making their U.S. television broadcast premiere, as well as programs previously broadcast on public television. The sixth season of Global Voices will air June through September 2013, Sunday nights at 10pm EST. Photographs from the film are available upon request. The filmmakers are available for interviews.