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An old woman looks forward to becoming a grandmother. However, historic events force her to wait over 30 years.

In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, an old woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild and all the joys of becoming a grandmother. However, horrific circumstances mean she is forced to wait over 30 years.

Abuelas explores the traumatic ramifications of General Videla's military dictatorship in Argentina from 1976-83, whereby an estimated 30,000 men, women and children, 'disappeared'.

Using real-life testimonials from members of the 'Grandmothers of May Square', this animated-documentary raises issues of memory and loss. The film is testament to the extraordinary tenacity of these women, who continue fighting for the truth about their missing relatives.

Film Credits

Directors: Afarin Eghbal

Producers: Kasia Malipan

Photography: Claire Buxton

Editing: Katherine Lee

Sound: Nikola Zivojinovic

Music: Lennert Busch

Production Company: National Film & Television School


Full Frame President's Award, Belgrade Golden Medal for Best Documentary Film, Best Short Film Documentary (It's All True Brazil), Best Student Film (Thin Line Film Festival), Best Documentary Short AND Audience Choice Award (Int'l Student Film Festival London), Amnesty Int'l France Prize, Jury Honourable Mention for Documentary (Bristol Encounters), Jury Grand PRize for Documentary-Shorts (Austin Film Festival), BAFTA Nomination for Animation-Shorts (2011), Best Animation (Aspen ShortsFest), Jury Special Distinction (Roanne Animation Festival), Jury Special Mention (Bermuda Int'l Film Festival), Best Animation (Peace On Earth Film Festival), Audience Award for Best Animated Film (Sedona Int'l Film Festival), Vienna Audience Award (Anilogue Animation Festival), Golden Jabberwocy for Best Student Animaton Etudia & Anima IFF Krakow), NAHEMI Creative Filmmaking Award, Arte Short Film Prize, Golden Mikeldi for Animation (Bilbao Doc & Short Film Festival), Augustin Award for Best British Film (Leeds Int'l Film Festival), Special Video Award (UNAFF), Crystal Heart Award (Heartland Film Festival), Jury Special Mention (Chicago Int'l Film Festival), Audience Award for Best British Film AND Jury Special Mention for Best of Festival (London Int'l Animation Festival)


Orginal Title: Grandmothers

UK Classification: PG

Subtitles: Yes

Voiceover: Yes


Language: ,

Length: 9 min

Colour: Yes

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Abuelas Screening:

  • Sun27May

    at Portobello PopUP Cinema

    27 May 2012 5:30 pm

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