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Burnt Oranges

Chicagoan Silvia Malagrino fled Buenos Aires two years after the 1976 military coup with her life in jeopardy. Her documentary reflects on the violence of the left and the right: we learn how the dictatorship, responsible for the murder of thousands, appropriated the tactics of some activists. Malagrino frames her story as a letter to an old friend, infusing memories of a lost world with nostalgia for their idealistic student days. While the Argentinean government's crimes are well-known, Malagrino's interviews with victims are still effective: “My life was fractured,” says a man whose mother was killed when he was a child. In English and subtitled Spanish. 90 min.

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