Documentary By Fort Meade Native To Be Screened At Florida Southern College

Oct 29, 2014

by Staff

The film, Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity, concerns the story of an Argentinian human rights organization composed of grandmothers searching for their lost grandchildren, who they say were stolen by their country’s government during a crackdown on dissidents 30 years ago. Released in 2012, the film was produced by Dr. C.A. Tuggle, a native of Fort Meade and the Reese Felts Distinguished Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Anne Jenkins MacGregor Recital Hall (Branscomb 202) on the FSC campus. The screening, jointly sponsored by the Lawton Chiles Center for Florida History and the Department of Modern Languages at FSC, is free and open to the public. A Skype conversation with Dr. Tuggle will take place following the film.

Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity has been screened across the country, and its 200th screening took place at The Carter Center in Atlanta with former President Jimmy Carter in attendance. It relates events that took place during Argentina’s so-called Dirty War from 1976 to 1983, during which as many as 30,000 dissidents of the military dictatorship were kidnapped, tortured and killed. Some of the women were pregnant or new mothers when captured, and infants ended up in homes of people sympathetic to the regime. The babies’ names, birth dates and other identifiers were changed.

The organization Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo has located more than 100 missing grandchildren, many of whom had no idea of their true identity.

For more information about the film, call the Center for Florida History at 680-4312.