Date of Award

Spring 5-24-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish


Languages & Literatures


Dr. Alejandro Meter


This project examines the culture of memory in modern-day Argentina in the context of the last civic-military dictatorship that took place between 1976 and 1983. Argentina is a country with a long history of filmmaking, a tradition that was suddenly interrupted during the long and dark seven years of military rule. Since the arrival of democracy in 1983, however, filmmakers have explored the trauma created by this period and have created a significant record of films that deal with loss, memory, and trauma. This thesis analyzes several films produced between the return of democratic rule and present-day Argentina in order to demonstrate how each film’s content, structure, and technique contributes to the discussion of how a society remembers, engages, and “works through” a traumatic event. While each film speaks to this period of Argentine history in a unique manner, as a whole they provide insight into how Argentina as a nation has responded to this terrible period of Argentine history.