The Silence of Others reveals the urgent and ongoing struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the film follows victims and survivors as they organize the groundbreaking “Argentine Lawsuit” and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity, in a country still divided four decades into democracy.
Executive Produced by Pedro Almodóvar. Winner, Berlinale Panorama Audience Award, Berlinale Peace Prize, Sheffield Grand Jury Award.
Includes a post-film conversation with director Robert Bahar. Moderated by Claudia Puig, President, Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Robert Bahar is an Emmy-winning filmmaker and producer. In 2012 he relocated from Brooklyn to Spain to direct and produce The Silence of Others, in collaboration with Almudena Carracedo. After 7 years of work, The Silence of Others premiered at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), where it won both the Audience Award (Panorama) and the Berlinale Peace Film Prize. Following Berlin, The Silence of Others won the Grand Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Hamptons’ Film Festival Social Justice Award, the Founders Award for Best Foreign Documentary at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival, Top 10 Audience Favourite at Hot Docs, and continues to screen at festivals around the world. It is currently in the Official Selection for the European Film Awards.
Robert and Almudena’s previous film, Made in L.A., won an Emmy, the Henry Hampton Award, the Sidney Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism, and screened at more than 100 festivals. Robert spearheaded the innovative three-year impact campaign that brought the film to audiences around the world in more than 600 screenings, and used it to catalyze discussions around immigrant workers’ rights, ranging from church basements to Capitol Hill.
Originally from Philadelphia, Robert previously produced and directed the documentary Laid to Waste, produced the short documentary Meet Joe Gay, and line produced several independent films. Robert is the co-founder of Doculink and holds an MFA from USC’s School of Cinema-Television. He is a Creative Capital Fellow, a Sundance Documentary Fellow, and currently teaches at NYU’s Madrid campus.