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Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo

PBS Premiere: August 2, 1988


During the late 1970s, tens of thousands of men, women and even children were abducted by the right-wing military government in Argentina. While most of the population was terrorized by these actions, a small group of mothers of the disappeared began staging weekly demonstrations to demand that their children be released and the kidnappers be brought to justice. This is the dramatic story of their courageous struggle, which ultimately served as a catalyst for the toppling of the dictatorship. Las Madres has won multiple awards at film festivals around the world and was nominated for an Oscar.


TAGS: argentina, children, dictatorship, disappeared, kidnapping, latin america, military

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Film Information

Las Madres

Premiere Date: August 2, 1988

Filmmakers: Susana Munoz, Lourdes Portillo


Susana Munoz
Susana Munoz
Lourdes Portillo
Lourdes Portillo

Critical Acclaim

The spiritual triumph of maternal passion over political repression.”

Michael Sragow
San Francisco Examiner

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