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This documentary is about memory, the memory of a woman that has fought tirelessly against historical amnesia and for the justice of the crimes of state in Argentina. Today this woman has lost her memory, liberating her from the pain; she bids farewell to this life without betraying the family she once lost.
Laura Bonaparte was a very important figure in the field of universal Human Rights and in the development of some of psychology’s reflections, but what is particularly remarkable are her tireless efforts towards ensuring that society –societies– will not forget about the murders, thefts, kidnappings, and forced disappearances carried out by the military forces of the different countries she became involved with. However, I did not want to make a biography about her, and instead, I focused on memory, on what is important to remember and what isn’t, and what it is that we take with us when we are closest to death.
I wanted to make a documentary about life’s paradoxes: how could a woman who spent thirty-five years of her life devoted to the preservation of a country’s memory, to preventing the forgetfulness that is frequent condition in the history of societies, suffer from an ailment such as the loss of memory? Was it fair for Laura to suffer from such a disease?
It seemed to me like one of fate’s ironies, so I decided to make a documentary about memory and this particular paradox.