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Juan embarks on a journey to find out what happened to Patricia and others he knew who disappeared, and along the way re-examines his own choices. Using rare archival footage he evokes the dreams for a revolution that would transform Argentina. As he shares dramatic stories told by parents, siblings, friends and children of the disappeared, Juan grieves the tragic losses and shows that when brutal regimes attack the fabric of a country with great impunity, the suffering lasts for generations. And yet now that the children of the disappeared are themselves becoming parents, it becomes clear that in the end, life wins.
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"A fine primer... Unlike almost all previous dramas and docs about Argentina's disappeared, Mandelbaum's work provides essential context for what was a vicious civil war. He balances this material... with the film's human portraits of relatives and survivors, creating an overall chastening experience." Robert Koehler - Variety "Incorporating interviews with survivors together with rarely-seen archival footage (including a startling TV clip of U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger praising the Argentine dictators), Our Disappearedâ€”which aired on the PBS series Independent Lensâ€”offers a somber human perspective on a tragic chapter in Latin American history. Recommended." - Video Librarian "The film is at once unflinching and profoundly empathic. Full of sorrow, anger and legitimate hope. Lucid in the face of violence, unsentimental about resistance, skeptical of ideology, and yet respectful, even tender. By far th best of all documentaries about the subject." Marguerite Feitlowitz, Bennington College. Author "A Lexicon of Terror" For more reviews and articles go to www.ourdisappeared.com
Juan Mandelbaum Based in the Boston area, Juan Mandelbaum runs Geovision, a multicultural communications agency. He has also been recognized as a documentary filmmaker, and has worked as teacher, curator and consultant. His television work has been broadcast on a variety of venues, from INDEPENDENT LENS to SESAME STREET, and has won multiple awards, including EMMY awards and nominations, CINE Golden Eagles, GABRIEL awards, CHRIS award, and SILVER APPLE award. Juan was a producer/director at WGBH-Boston on AMERICAS, a national PBS series for which he co-produced "In Women’s Hands", on women’s participation in political life in Chile, and produced "Builders of Images", on artists’ particular role in Latin American societies. Juan’s award-winning independent documentaries have been aired on PBS and in many festivals and are in worldwide distribution. These include "Caetano in Bahia", on Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso, "Ringl and Pit", on German pioneer photographers Grete Stern and Ellen Auerbach, "A New World of Music", on the New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra’s tour of Chile and Argentina, and the "Poetry Heaven" series, on the Geraldine R. Dodge’s Foundation’s poetry festival. "Our Disappeared"/"Nuestros Desaparecidos", on people Juan knew who were disappeared by the Argentine military dictatorship of the 70s, was funded by ITVS, the Sundance Institute and Latino Public Broadcasting, and aired nationally on the PBS series INDEPENDENT LENS. It also screened in many national and international festivals. Juan has also curated several film series, including LATIN VISIONS, at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and CINE ARGENTINO, at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Juan studied sociology in his native Argentina, and worked as a journalist, photographer and educator until he left for the US in 1977 to leave behind the military dictatorship. He holds an M.A. in Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Juan is a former board member and president of Internacional Film Seminars, organizers of the Flaherty Film Seminars.
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