Anthropologist and documaker Mariana Arruti reconstructs the tragic 1972 events leading to the cold-blooded murder of 16 political prisoners by military authorities and the subsequent government cover-up. Though well researched, this little-known slice of Argentine history is not likely to affect offshore auds as much as local ones. It contains, however, the perfect outline for a fictional thriller.
In the revolutionary times of the early ’70s, a number of groups were engaged in armed struggle against capitalism. Rounded up and sentenced to the maximum security prison of Trelew in remote Patagonia, captured militants lived a relatively decent life, thanks to the solidarity of folks from a nearby small town. At the same time, they laid detailed plans for a mass escape, which involved highjacking a plane to Chile and then Cuba. The breakout only succeeded for a small number of the leaders, however, owing to a simple misunderstanding about trucks that were to take them to the airport. Most militants were thrown back into prison; others were taken to an air base and shot. Docu technique is a standard collation of interviews. Musical comment is heavyhanded at times.