She’s a sur­vivor

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - The Si­lence of Oth­ers, The Si­lence of Oth­ers

Twenty-five-year-old Na­dia Mu­rad is the United Na­tions Good­will Am­bas­sador for the Dig­nity of Sur­vivors of Hu­man Traf­fick­ing and a win­ner of the 2018 No­bel Peace Prize. She is a mem­ber of the Yazidi peo­ple, an Iraqi re­li­gious mi­nor­ity who ex­pe­ri­enced geno­cide in 2014, and the sub­ject of On Her Shoul­ders, a doc­u­men­tary about Mu­rad’s ac­tivism as the voice and face of women who have sur­vived sex­ual vi­o­lence and ab­duc­tion by the Is­lamic State. On Her Shoul­ders is fea­tured at the 10th an­nual Santa Fe In­de­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val, which takes place Wed­nes­day, Oct. 17, through Oct. 21 at movie screens around town. The fes­ti­val in­cludes fea­ture films, doc­u­men­taries, ex­per­i­men­tal shorts, an­i­ma­tion, and more, as well as mas­ter classes with film­mak­ers, a trib­ute to animator Bill Plymp­ton, and plenty of pan­els and par­ties. On the cover and right are stills of Mu­rad; courtesy Os­cil­lo­scope Lab­o­ra­to­ries.

Fran­cisco Franco (1892-1975) ruled Spain in a mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ship from the gen­eral elec­tion of 1936 un­til his death, an era marked by the count­less deaths and dis­ap­pear­ances of his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents. No of­fi­cial death count has been de­ter­mined, but in codi­rec­tor Robert Ba­har and Al­mu­dena Car­racedo’s com­pelling doc­u­men­tary one com­men­ta­tor lists the num­ber as more than 100,000. The film, ex­ec­u­tive-pro­duced by film­maker Pe­dro Almod­ó­var, be­gins with María Martín, a frail old woman whose voice rarely rises above a whis­per as she re­counts the decades-ago death of her mother, who was ex­e­cuted as a foe of Franco’s regime along with sev­eral other women and dozens of men in a small Span­ish vil­lage. Their mass grave now lies buried be­neath a busy high­way. “How un­just life is,” she says, and af­ter a pause, adds, “Not life. We hu­mans. We are un­just.”

Af­ter Franco’s death, his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents, many of whom were still im­pris­oned, re­ceived amnesty. But amnesty was also granted to Franco loy­al­ists, many of whom were guilty of crimes against hu­man­ity. The amnesty law be­came known as “The Pact of For­get­ting.” chron­i­cles the ef­forts of a ded­i­cated group of in­di­vid­u­als, led by a wheel­chair-bound hu­man rights lawyer named Car­los

con­tin­ued on Page 42

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.