Figli - Hijos

by the Italo-Argentinian director Marco Bechis.

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A woman gives birth, as two men wait outside to take her child from her. The woman has twins, the midwife manages to hide the baby girl in a bag. The boy is adopted by the murderers of his mother (this was common practise in Argentina under the military dictatorship of the 'junta' lead by Videla).




In Milan twenty years later, Javier, the male twin, lives totally unaware of past events. Pampered by his comfortable life as part of a wealthy family, he lives a normal life without a care in the world. One day his sister Rosa arrives in Italy. After desperately searching for him all her life, she finally tracked him down via e-mail and now wants to tell him the truth. Javier refuses to believe her, yet the seed of doubt tortures him and his life will never be the same again.

The documentary-style ending, taken from footage of an actual demonstration organized by the H.I.J.O.S. association from which the film takes its name, brings us back to present-day reality and the drama currently lived by the children of the desaparecidos.

Also in the Netherlands live many Argentineans who fled from the junta regime and there have also been Argentinean Tango dancers visiting, dancing and teaching in the Netherlands.

H.I.J.O.S. organisation in the Netherlands.

The father of prinses Máxima of the Netherlands, Jorge Zorreguieta, who is now a regular guest of the royal family of the Netherland was secretary of Agriculture during the military dictatorship of convicted criminal Jorge Videla.

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Jorge Zorreguieta

In a televised interview before her wedding with the dutch crown prince, Máxima Zorreguieta said she believed her father when he said he knew only about 3 missing people (in the time he served the junta) "and they had all come back" and she was sorry 'he had done his best for a wrong regime'. For the majority of the dutch people this appeared to be enough to accept her as future queen and her father as a guest of our royals.

There were about 3000 desaparacidos, missing, under the regime of Videla, for whom this guest of our royal family had done 'his best'.