Awakening From Sorrow:
Buenos Aires 1997

a film by John Knoop & Karina Epperlein

Distributed by Icarus Films

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"This film explores timeless questions with grace and poetry.”

—Elizabeth Farnsworth,
co-producer/co-director of The Judge and the General

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video documentary, 40 minutes, ©2009

This 40-minute documentary is about a crucial moment in history when the sorrow of young Argentines—whose parents were disappeared, tortured and killed during the 'Dirty War'—is erupting into public action, and becomes a cornerstone for people’s movements all over South America, and even as far away as Serbia.

The film’s voices are woven into a “tapestry of remembrance” questioning and pushing for justice, accountability and resolution from all angles. They include: Nobel Prize winner Perez Esquivel, history professor Wolfgang Bayer, death camp survivor Graciela Deleo, a grandmother, and the infamous Captain Adolpho Scilingo who admits that he was ordered to drop dissidents from a naval cargo plane into the South Atlantic.

The expressionistic and moving drawings of the “hijos”—together with the original music—are highlighting a universal story: atrocities committed by the state against its own people take a long time to heal. And the young people’s courage—inspired by the “madres”—gives hope to all of us.

Mill Valley Film Festival - La Peña, Berkeley - Charleston Film Festival - Newport Beach Film Festival
Port Townsend Film Festival - Oaxaca Int'l Independent Film & Video Festival

To contact: John Knoop (510) 525-6113 •
Original music score by Beth Vandervennet

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