June 08, 2005

Imagining Argentina

Writing about web page http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0314197/

This morning I'm really tired. It might be because I over exerted myself by ambitiously doing a day's work and then going swimming, followed by a mad dash home to get to my friend's house for dinner. However, I think it's the film I watched with Hannah and Christina last night that's disturbed my awakeness.

We watched 'Imagining Argentina'. We rented it thinking that the nice title would give us some other version of the Motorcycle Diaries or along those lines. In 3 weeks Christina's leaving here for good (sob sob) and going to Argentina for a year. So we thought it'd be great to see how beautiful the place is. Pah! Well, actually, yes it's really beautiful, I'd love to go there. But THIS film was based on the regime of 1976–83 when tens of thousands of people 'disappeared' and never returned. The film was quite graphic – at least in implication and quickly cut away scenes – but definitely deserving of more than its 15 rating. Emma Thompson spends most of the film being tortured, she then has to listen to her daughter being raped…. it's not nice…

Scarily – we were alive during this regime. We all learned about the Holocaust in school, yet this period of our immediate history is virtually unknown. Why? There were definite Holocaust links, even a few swastikas thrown in here and there. So why don't GCSE or A Level history courses extend to post-nazi regimes? It's not as if recent history is too late to study – I remember one bit of my GCSE history leading all the way up to the present day! Does anyone know if this stuff is covered on any curriculum? Surely it's done in some courses at university?

I'm disturbed by this film. And I'm grateful to its existence. I don't think the critics rated it much, but I think that 3 of us rating it highly competes with at least one critic (especially if you knew how damn clever Hannah and Christina are!).

Christina, by the way, still cannot wait to get to Buenos Aires! This is a story about governments – not people or places.

- 7 comments by 1 or more people Not publicly viewable

[Skip to the latest comment]
  1. The regime of '76–83 was terrible, but the country as a whole is amazing! I've been twice and am saving up for my third trip. I might even emigrate there one day.

    I'm sure you'll have a great time; make sure you visit Salta in the north, if you get a chance.

    08 Jun 2005, 10:43

  2. I'd love to go – unfortunately it's not me spending the year there!! Will try to visit though!

    08 Jun 2005, 10:50

  3. wench

    Hey wench, i vaguely remember to back in the good old first year days that we had a topic on general genocide, and its focus was away from the Nazi Holocaust and towards the massacres in armenia, rwanda, iraq/iran, and there might well have been argentina in there if i'd have looked hard enough. Pretty sure i did it in the 2nd year when we did the falklands. its ringing some distant bells somewhere. Sounds a pretty horrific film tho! did u sleep at all after watching it? x

    08 Jun 2005, 11:28

  4. I did sleep! Might have been the wine I was force-fed though…. rammed down my throat – you can imagine…

    08 Jun 2005, 11:48

  5. wench

    Gosh, that must have been awful for you. Large doses of wine… medicinal of course!! I find gin is also particularly good! Mind you, its Pimms and lemonade season now.. Yay!

    08 Jun 2005, 12:06

  6. Peter J Thomas

    Yes the proto-fascist regime of the generals is one that is all too often forgotten as are the many 1000's of victims. Esentially the US has a large role to play in not doing anything about the murders as it did with Pinochet – both regimes being anti-communist and there being some reaction to Brezhnev's 1979 invasion of Afghanistan. The crucial thing is that we – yes Britain destroyed the regime by sending Argentina packing from the Falklands. Gautieri (main general) marched on Les Maldivas as a form of social imperialism in order to quell the 1982 civil unrest at stifling economic conditions. Defeat by the UK led to the resignation and dismantling of the govt as well as – we now know – previously classified info concerning the regime's blatant disregard of fundamental human rights. – Sorry history buff got carried away;)

    08 Jun 2005, 19:53

  7. Thanks, Peter!

    09 Jun 2005, 09:15

Add a comment

You are not allowed to comment on this entry as it has restricted commenting permissions.

June 2005

Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
|  Today  | Jul
      1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30         

Search this blog

Most recent comments

  • Hey peeps, I'm off to India for a month In Feb 2008, 2 months away. Just started to look into the ja… by Kerensa b on this entry
  • Hi, Where can I get ACWY from? My local travel clinic is proposing to charge £55 and I see from Hele… by Phil Bettley on this entry
  • I am off to India October 16th. Dont know what jabs to have. I am in my 60's can I get them free on … by Hartanii on this entry
  • I got mine all done n dusted…. n i didnt pay a thing! i got all of mine on the NHS! awahoo! good l… by Chaz on this entry
  • Im about to go to the dominican republic, and been told different lists of what i need– no1 can give… by Chaz on this entry

Blog archive

Not signed in
Sign in

Powered by BlogBuilder