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UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies to screen award-winning documentary, host SKYPE question-and-answer with filmmaker

Posted on 2/14/2013

The UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies (CHRGS) announced that filmmaker C.A. Tuggle will take part in a question-and-answer session after a screening of his award-winning documentary, Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity. It will take place Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, located on the second floor of UND's Memorial Union. The Q&A will follow immediately.

Tuggle is a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and has won an international Indie Award of Excellence for his documentary film.

The film tells the story of Las Abuelas, 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. At least 10,000-some estimate as many as 30,000-dissidents of the dictatorship were kidnapped, tortured, and killed during Argentina's Dirty War from 1976-1983. They became known as "the disappeared."

"This isn't something that happened years ago and has no relevance now," Tuggle said. "The grandmothers continue to find missing grandchildren. This is an ongoing injustice, and it's 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 who had no knowledge of their true identities.

Gregory S. Gordon is the Director of the CHRGS and Associate Professor of Law at the UND School of Law. He said that it is an honor to have Tuggle interact with attendees.

"To have an internationally recognized filmmaker take part in this event is a wonderful opportunity for the Grand Forks community to learn about an ongoing tragedy," said Gordon. "This event is another example of the CHRGS fostering an understanding of a human rights violation, and fits the Center's mission of preventing such atrocities in the future and advancing human rights on all levels."

Contact: Robert Haider, program assistant for the Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies, 701.721.6093,

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