Las Madres, The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo (1985)

Las Madres: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, an Academy Award nominee, tells the story of a group of mothers, who have all lost a son or daughter during Argentina’s “Dirty War” in the 1970’s when thousands of people disappeared. They come together in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires and demand to learn the fate of their children. The film received numerous international prizes.

Lourdes Portillo is a director, writer, and producer of film and television. She studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her films are considered as among the most distinguished cultural productions of Latin Americans in the US and is recognized for artistic excellence by the Rockefeller Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation among many others.