Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo
DCTV (87 Lafayette, Manhattan)
Many know little about los desaparecidos of Argentina. As many as 30,000 dissidents of the military dictatorship were kidnapped, tortured and killed during The Dirty War between 1976 and 1983. In Argentina today, there is a movement underway headed by a group called Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, or The Grandmothers of May Plaza.
These women are dedicated to finding their missing grandchildren, the babies who were taken from pregnant women during the Dirty War. The women were captured and murdered and their babies were given to supporters of the military regime. Now in their 20s and 30s, these “lost” grandchildren have no knowledge of their past or of their true identities. Las Abuelas is trying to change that. Through direct interviews with Las Abuelas, the found grandchildren, and other members of their families and communities, Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity seeks to tell the story as it is still unfolding, and bring the historical and cultural context that is needed to help people around the world understand the impact that such a crisis has for people of many different generations.