Algo Mío - Argentina's Stolen Children

Jenny Hellmann / Regina Mennig

Dutch premiere

Hilario and Catalina are among the most defenceless victims of the Argentinian military junta: they were stolen from their families as babies and placed with foster families. Their parents disappeared for good. Now that their family history has become clear, it raises complex questions about perpetrators, victims, guilt and retribution.

Synopsis

During the military junta's dictatorship in Argentina in the 1970s, newborns were taken from the regime's opponents. These subversive elements were eliminated and their children placed with foster families, many of which were military personnel in service of the junta. The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo protested for decades, seeking more clarity about the fate of their missing children and grandchildren. They achieved success and court cases were conducted to reunite grandchildren of disappeared parents with their biological families.

Hilario and Catalina are two of the many 'stolen children of Argentina'. They only learned the truth about their ancestry a few years ago and are now wrapped up in court cases against their adoptive parents. However, this discovery is not considered a blessing to everyone. While Catalina experiences the truth about her ancestry as a salvation and is eager to drag her foster parents into court, Hilario actually sees it as a horrible revelation. He loves his foster parents and is very reluctant to embrace his biological family. He also wants to prevent the family he regards as his own from ending up in prison. When a victim does not feel like a victim, does the perpetrator need to face trial?

Directors Jenny Hellmann and Regina Mennig followed Hilario and Catalina over a period of two years, during the difficult court cases against their foster parents, providing the audience with an entirely fresh look at Argentinian history and the complexity of processing a national trauma.

Text: Annika Wubbolt

Credits

Germany 2016, 93 min.

Documentary,

Spoken language: Spanish

Subtitles: English

Productions:

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When & where?

  • Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 16:30

    Theater aan het Spui Kleine Zaal
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  • Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 11:15

    Theater aan het Spui Grote Zaal
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  • Friday, March 31, 2017 - 18:45

    Zaal 2, Filmhuis Den Haag
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  • Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 18:45

    Zaal 5, Filmhuis Den Haag
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Talkshows & debates

Algo mío - Argentina's Stolen Children: Q&A with director Jenny Hellmann en expert Iara de Witte (De

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 16:30

Q&A about illegal adoption, identity and transitional justice in Argentina and elsehwere with director Jenny Hellmann, editor Iván Morales Jr. and expert Iara de Witte (Defence for Children). Moderated by Harm Ede Botje.

Algo mío - Argentina's Stolen Children: Q&A with director Jenny Hellmann and expert Gera ter Meulen

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 11:15

Q&A about illegal adoption, identity and transitional justice in Argentina and elsehwere with director Jenny Hellmann, editor Iván Morales Jr. and expert Gera ter Meulen. Moderated by Alwin Helmink.

Algo Mio - Argentina's Stolen Children: Q&A with Alejandra Slutzky

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 18:45

Q&A about illegal adoption, identity and transitional justice in Argentina with writer and activist Alejandra Slutzky.