Night of the Pencils

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La noche de los lápices (1986)
Director: Héctor Olivera
Actors: Alejo García Pintos, Vita Escardó, Pablo Novak
Runtime: 105 min

During the reign of the military junta in Argentina (1976-1983, a period now known as “The Dirty War“), between 17,000 and 30,000 people “disappeared”. In fact they were kidnapped by the military and the secret police, held in secret prisons, tortured and eventually murdered. At the beginning of the Dirty War an event took place, now known as “The Night of the Pencils” (16-21 of September, 1976), when the military abducted ten boys and girls, members of the Union of High School Students, which organized protests that demanded free public transportation for students. They were tortured and abused, brutally raped and, in the end, seven of them were murdered. They were between 16 and 18 years of age. This is a movie about them. Based on actual events.

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