Filming ghosts: Entre el dictador y yo (2005), an awakening to a silenced past

Barriales-Bouche, Sandra
December 2007
Studies in Hispanic Cinemas;Dec2007, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p139
Academic Journal
The presentation of the film Entre el dictador y yo/Between the Dictator and Me (2005) was one of the many activities that marked the 30th anniversary of Francisco Franco's death on 20 November 2005. The co-sponsors of Entre el dictador y yo asked six Spanish directors born after Franco's death to formulate their first impressions of the dictator and his regime in a short film. This article examines the significance of Entre el dictador y yo in the context of Spaniards' renewed interest in their more recent past. The film reveals the directors' awakening to their very peculiar relationship to the country's past by displaying the ways in which those who have not experienced Francoism have inherited the memories from that period and the emotional consequences that ‘the pact of forgetting’ has had on their lives. What starts as a search for Franco's shadows in their memory evolves into a journey in which the dictatorial past reveals itself as a specter in the present. Entre el dictador y yo exposes post-Franco subjects' affective encounter with the traces of the dictatorship and shows that dealing with the ghosts of the past remains an unresolved matter in today's Spain.


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