Ninos de la MemoriaChildren of Memory Documentary Film Screening – May 1!


 37th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia

TUESDAY MAY 1 at 7:00

Tickets: $10 general | $8 students & seniors | $5 Scribe, IHP, PIFVA members.

Reception hosted by PIFVA at 6:00

About the film:

Niños de la Memoria tells the story of the search for children who disappeared during the Salvadoran Civil War. Many children were survivors of massacres carried out by U.S.-trained Salvadoran army battalions. Some grew up in orphanages or were “sold” into adoption abroad, not knowing their true history or identity.  Told through the eyes of three survivors, the film follows Margarita Zamora, an investigator for the human rights organization Pro-Búsqueda, as she traverses the Salvadoran countryside probing memory, swabbing DNA samples, and searching for disappeared children – including her own four siblings. In the United States, Jamie Harvey, adopted from El Salvador in 1980, dreams of locating her birth family; but with no information and no contacts, she is losing hope. 

Her quest to find her family is made all the more difficult by lack of access to the Salvadoran military archives, closed to the public since the war. As Jamie’s search intensifies, she finds herself forced to confront a past and a history she has never known.  Salvador Garcia, a farmer in Usulután, discovered the bodies of his wife and three children, brutally massacred by the Army in 1981. But he never found his daughter, Cristabel.   Thirty years later, he still longs for her. Niños de la Memoria weaves together three separate yet intertwined journeys in the search for family, identity and justice in El Salvador, and asks the larger question: How can a post-war society right the wrongs of the past? (El Salvador/USA, 2012, 62 min, Spanish & English, w/ English subtitles).

Discussion follows screening with filmmakers Kathryn Smith Pyle and María Teresa Rodríguez and special guests:

Jamie Harvey, born in El Salvador in 1980 and adopted in the US as an infant, Jamie’s search for her Salvadoran family is captured in the film.

Leonor Arteaga, a former attorney for Pro-Búsqueda, the human rights group that brings cases of the disappeared children before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

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