DCCC to Present Indie Award-winning Documentary by UNC-Chapel Hill Professor

Search for Identity

March 26, 2013 – Davidson County Community College will present the Indie Award-winning documentary, “Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity,” a film by Dr. C.A. Tuggle, professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The film will be presented twice on April 4. The first showing will be held at 10 a.m. in the Conference Center on the Davidson Campus; the second showing will be at 2 p.m. in Room 110 in the Administration Building on the Davie Campus. The events are free and open to the public. 

The compelling film, which was honored with the Indie Award of Excellence, tells the story of Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, an Argentinean human rights organization of grandmothers committed to finding their lost grandchildren, who they believe were stolen by their country’s government some 30 years ago.

“Several of our faculty members on the International Committee saw it at a World View workshop at UNC-Chapel Hill and thought showing the film on campus would be an excellent opportunity for our students,” says Suzanne LaVenture, director of international education and instructor of Spanish. 

Tuggle’s documentary shares the heartbreaking details that at least 10,000 – and some estimate as many as 30,000 – dissidents of the military dictatorship were kidnapped, tortured and killed during Argentina’s Dirty War from 1976-1983. Those kidnapped became known as Los Desaparecidos or “the disappeared.” Some of the women were pregnant or new mothers when captured, and infants ended up in homes of people sympathetic to the regime. The babies’ names, birth dates and other identifiers were changed.

Dr. C.A. Tuggle

“This isn’t something that happened years ago and has no relevance now,” Tuggle says. “The grandmothers continue to find missing grandchildren. This is an ongoing injustice, and these are ordinary women who are fighting the battle and serving as an example to all of us that we can make a difference.”

Las Abuelas has located more than 100 missing grandchildren, many whom had no knowledge of their true identities.

Tuggle’s daughters Brynne Tuggle Miller and Bethany Tuggle Parker, both graduates of UNC-Chapel Hill, served as coordinating producer and writer/editor, respectively, for the documentary. 

“Working on this documentary has been a labor of love,” says Miller. “But it’s also been such a rewarding experience to work on telling a story that my family is so passionate about and, in the process, complete a work that we are so proud of.”

LaVenture adds, “I hope the film will make our students aware of an ongoing struggle against injustice, and that they’ll be inspired by these women to make a difference.”

For more information about the documentary, visit searchforidentitydocumentary.com.

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