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Abuelas: Grandmothers on a Mission
A film by Noemi Weis
Canada/Argentina, 2012, 28 minutes, Color, DVD, Spanish, Subtitled
Order No. W131102
In 1985, the Academy Award® nominated film LAS MADRES: THE MOTHERS OF PLAZA DE MAYO profiled the Argentinian mothers’ movement to demand to know the fate of 30,000 “disappeared” sons and daughters. Now three decades later, Argentina’s courageous Grandmothers, or “Abuelas”, have been searching for their grandchildren: the children of their sons and daughters who disappeared during Argentina’s “dirty war.” The women in ABUELAS are seeking answers about their children that nobody else will give — answers about a generation that survived, but were kidnapped and relocated to families linked with the regime that murdered their parents.

Argentine filmmaker Noemi Weis beautifully documents the grandmothers’ painstaking work and its results - dramatic, inspiring and sometimes controversial - as the women make contact with grandchildren who have grown up living lies created by their adoptive parents. Their tireless work continues today: the justice they are seeking for their children’s murder, their drive to find their grandchildren, and their international status speaking out for family reunification.


Winner, Jury Award, International Film Festival of Cine Politico, Buenos Aires
Best Documentary, Art and Politics at the Yorkton Film Festival, Canada

  • Female Eye Film Festival
  • International Politico Film Festival, Buenos Aires
  • Femcine Film Festival, Chile

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    'Noemi Weis’ films deal with really raw, emotional and powerful subjects. She gives a voice to the voiceless."
    Catherine Hubbard
    The Argentinean Independent

    The 'Abuelas' are an impressive group. Weis' film is a tribute and reminds people of a chapter of Argentine history most want to forget but can’t until those who have disappeared have been brought home.”
    Latina Lista

    "An impressive testimony of dictatorships’ impact on families and on the strength of women's hope through decades."
    Sandrine Crisostomo

    "The portrait… of older female activists… serv[es] as useful pedagogical tool within a number of disciplines including women’s studies, social gerontology, sociology, developmental psychology, and cultural studies."
    Films for the Feminist Classroom

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