Niños de la Memoria

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Niños de la Memoria tells the story of the search for children who disappeared during the Salvadoran Civil War. Many were survivors of massacres carried out by the U.S.-trained Salvadoran army. Taken away from massacre sites by soldiers, some grew up in orphanages or were adopted abroad, losing their history and identity. The film weaves together three journeys in the search for family, identity and justice in El Salvador, and asks: How can a post-war society right the wrongs of the past?




ninos_de_la_memoria_mt_rodriguezMaría Teresa Rodríguez’ work often centers on untold stories of Latinos in the Americas whose experiences reflect a larger socio-political reality. Her award winning films include Mirror Dance (2005, Independent Lens); Becoming American for the series Unnatural Causes (2008, PBS, Producers: California Newsreel/Vital Pictures); and From Here to There/ De Aquí a Allá (1998, WGBH, La Plaza).  She is a Sundance Documentary Fellow (2011 Edit and Story Lab) and the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a 2007 Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation and a 2012 Fulbright Fellowship.




Niños de la Memoria premiered at the Ambulante Film Festival (El Salvador) in May 2012, and has screened at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, DOXA Film Festival, (Canada), Doc Buenos Aires (Argentina), International Festival of Human Rights (Uruguay), and the Human Rights Commission (Mexico), among many others. It received an Award of Merit from the Latin American Studies Association and a Cine Golden Eagle Award, and has screened in numerous U.S. universities. The film had its international broadcast premiere on El Salvador’s public television in 2012 and its U.S. broadcast premiere on the World Channel’s Global Voices Series in 2013. The film is distributed by Women Make Movies.