Residents of Morazan, El Salvador visit EAAF's photo exhibition, which includes photos from the team's exhumation of the El Mozote Massacre. Photo courtesy of: Pedro Linger-Gasilgia.
Produced by the Buenos Aires-based production company, Mambo Films, this documentary shows the story of four families of people who were disappeared in Argentina’s last military dictatorship (1976-1983), and that were able to recover the remains of their loved ones 27 years later. The province of Córdoba, and the city of Córdoba in Argentina have been a center of intense political activity in Argentina’s recent history. Not surprisingly, during the political violence of the last military dictatorship, the repression in Cordoba was particularly brutal, resulting in a very high number of disappearances. After Buenos Aires and Greater Buenos Aires, the province of Córdoba has the highest number of disappearances.
Co-produced with the US-based NGO WITNESS, this is EAAF's first documentary showing various aspects of the application of forensic sciences into human rights investigations. Using footage recorded by EAAF members in Argentina, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Haiti and East Timor during the last eighteen years, the documentary covers the entire process of investigation, including historical, archaeological, and laboratory methods, testimonies of relatives of the victims, and reburial ceremonies of the remains of their loved ones many years after they died.
Over the years, EAAF has amassed a photographic archive documenting our investigations in different regions of the world. Photography is, in fact, a basic tool for conducting forensic investigations into human rights violations. Since excavations to retrieve the evidence destroy the archaeological context, photographs are a means to preserve the original appearance of a crime scene. The same is true for laboratory work. After they are analyzed, bone remains are usually returned to the families for reburial or cremation and photos taken in the laboratory are the only remaining record. These photographs can then be presented as evidence in court, and incorporated into reports of truth commissions.