Manship School to Air Documentary on Argentina’s Dirty War
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Manship School of Mass Communication welcomes Charlie Tuggle to show and discuss his documentary, “Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity,” on Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Holliday Forum of the Journalism building. Tuggle is a professor and journalism director at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who, with other media professionals from their school of journalism, created this documentary to raise awareness about Argentina’s Dirty War. Manship Assistant Professor Erin Coyle, who earned her Ph.D. at North Carolina, helped to bring Tuggle to campus.
Between 1976 and 1983, some 30,000 protesters to Argentina’s military dictatorship were kidnapped, tortured and killed. Many pregnant women were among those abducted and murdered, and their children were given to supporters of the dictator and his regime.
The documentary focuses on a movement headed by Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, translated as “the grandmothers of May Plaza,” the grandmothers of the captured children. These women are devoted to finding their grandchildren, who were taken from the pregnant women during the war. The children, who are now in their 20s and 30s, are unaware of their past and their true identity.
The film was produced to raise awareness about the ramifications of the Dirty War and its cultural, social, political, ethical, human rights and economic effects. The film features interviews with “Las Abuelas” and the found grandchildren, as well as their other family members. The film focuses on the search for identity and it describes the importance of identity as a fundamental human right.
Segments from the documentary have received a 2010 Society of Professional Journalists award for in-depth reporting and a 2010 Silver World Medal for Best On-Campus Anchor/Reporter from the New York Festivals. The documentary was also a national finalist for a 2010 National Broadcasting Society News Segment award.
The 60-minute film will be shown in the Holliday Forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, followed by a discussion with Tuggle. The event is free and open to the public.