Messenger on a White Horse

  • Argentina
  • Australia
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The film will be available for free only from October 19 (8 PM CET) until October 20 (8 PM CET) as a part of Festival of Democracy Forum 2000.

Argentina’s 1976-83 dictatorship was one of Latin America’s most gruesome. Under the guise of a war on communism, the ruling Armed Forces tortured and “disappeared” thousands of young left-wing students, activists and militants, leaving a trail of devastation that would haunt the country for decades. But a soft-spoken journalist named ROBERT COX had the courage to speak out. Over 4 years, the London-born editor published hundreds of articles about the military’s crimes in “The Buenos Aires Herald”, a small English-language daily newspaper with a history of defiance against censorship. Thanks to Cox, the world learned about the “disappeared ones” and their brave mothers, the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. But his work would come at a cost. The military murdered dozens of journalists in Argentina during its 8-year reign. Years of threats and intimidation against Cox culminated in a sinister threat sent to his 10-year-old son in December 1979. Cox was forced to abandon the country with his young family. His exile would be permanent. And the fate of many of the people he tried to save would remain a mystery to him for decades.

La dictadura argentina de 1976-1983 fue una de las más espantosas de América Latina. Bajo el disfraz de una guerra contra el comunismo, las Fuerzas Armadas gobernantes torturaron y “desaparecieron” a miles de jóvenes estudiantes, activistas y militantes de izquierda, dejando un rastro de devastación que perseguiría al país durante décadas. Pero un periodista de voz suave llamado ROBERT COX tuvo el valor de hablar. Durante 4 años, el editor nacido en Londres publicó cientos de artículos sobre los crímenes militares en "The Buenos Aires Herald", un pequeño diario en inglés con una historia de desafío a la censura. Gracias a Cox, el mundo conoció a los “desaparecidos” y sus valientes madres, las Madres de Plaza de Mayo. Pero su trabajo tendría un costo. Los militares asesinaron a decenas de periodistas en Argentina durante su reinado de 8 años. Años de amenazas e intimidación contra Cox culminaron en una siniestra amenaza enviada a su hijo de 10 años en diciembre de 1979. Cox se vio obligado a abandonar el país con su joven familia. Su exilio sería permanente. Y el destino de muchas de las personas que intentó salvar seguiría siendo un misterio para él durante décadas.

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  • Original title
    Messenger on a White Horse
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Santiago Carrica & Agustina G. Bonorino
  • Editing
    Ernesto Doldán
  • Music
    Paco Cabral & Matias Tozzola
  • Sound
    Santiago Capriglione, Gabriel Santamaria
  • Duration
    102 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Argentina
    • Australia
  • Colour
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