Document Type

Article

Department/Program

Modern Languages & Literatures

Department

Film & Media Studies

Journal Title

Cinej Cinema Journal

Pub Date

5-2012

Volume

1

Issue

02

Journal Article URL

http://cinej.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/cinej/article/view/43/140

First Page

62

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Abstract

Since the end of the last Argentine Dictatorship (1976-1983), a number of feature-length films have engaged in the public debate over the legacies of state terrorism. El secreto de sus ojos (2009), Argentina's most recent Oscar winner, is the latest to do so, exploring the effects of more than a decade of impunity on those who lost their loved ones. Suggesting that restoration of a justice system that works can lead to the restoration of full civic engagement in a healthy body politic, the film raises important questions about citizenship and belonging in a post-national era. This essay explores the film's phenomenal success in the global memory market to illuminate what remains at stake in contemporary narratives of reconciliation.

DOI

10.5195/cinej.2012.43

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