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FGCU Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies Hosts Film Screening of "The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo"

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies hosts a screening of "The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity," a documentary film produced by Charles Tuggle, director of the journalism program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in the Cohen Center ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

The film tells the story of a period in Argentina's history known as "The Dirty War," when a military dictatorship controlled the country. From 1976 to 1983, human rights advocates estimate as many as 30,000 people were tortured and killed, 500 of whom were pregnant women or new mothers. It is believed that many babies born to these women were taken away and given to supporters of the military.

The film focuses on a group of women, Las Abuelas (the grandmothers) who have made it their life's mission to find these children, many of whom are now in their 30s.

Through more than 40 in-depth interviews, historical material and relevant literature, Tuggle and his two daughters, Brynne Miller and Bethany Parker, seek to educate people about what happened in Argentina and the work that continues today by Las Abuelas.

For more information about the documentary, visit:

For further information, media representatives should contact Myra Mendible, interim director of the FGCU Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies at (239) 590-7182 or

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