Argentina – My Father, the Perpetrator

ORF-E | 2021
1 x 30 min

How do the sons and daughters of the henchmen of a dictatorship deal with the crimes of their fathers? While in Germany and Austria, the Nazi past is still a taboo in many families, in Argentina, the children of the torturers and murderers have come together to talk about their parents’ guilt. More than 30,000 opponents and critics were murdered in Argentina during the military dictatorship from 1976 to 1982. “I don’t want to love him, it hurts too much,” says Analía Kalinec, who only found out as an adult that her father had tortured and murdered hundreds of people on behalf of the military junta. In 2010, the police commissioner was sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity. Analía Kalinec has joined forces with other sons and daughters of the military junta’s enforcers: “Historias Desobedientes” (Disobedient [Hi]stories)” is the name of the group, which wants to help to solve the crimes of their fathers and prevent any easing of their sentences. Julieta Rudich met Analía Kalinec and her comrades-in-arms in Buenos Aires, and shows a project of coming to terms with the past that is unique in the world.

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