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The Night of the Pencils

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Original title
La noche de los lápicesaka
AKA
  • Night of the Pencils
Year
Running time
106 min.
Country
Argentina Argentina
Director
Screenwriter
Héctor Olivera, Daniel Kon (Book: María Seoane, Héctor Ruiz Núñez)
Music
José Luis Castiñeira de Dios
Cinematography
Leonardo Rodríguez Solís
Cast
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Producer
Aries Cinematográfica
Genre
Drama | Argentinian Dictatorship. 1970s
Synopsis / Plot
This films tells the true story of seven teenagers who agitated for reduced student bus fares under two different regimes in Argentina, with tragic results. At first succeeding under the government of Isabel Peron, their protests draw hostile attention from the military regime that overthrows Peron. The ensuing crackdown on student social activists is demonstrated when police break up a school dance wielding swords on horseback. Later, six students are kidnapped in the middle of the night, and the police deceitfully claim ignorance about their whereabouts. Pablo (Alejo Garcia Pintos), a seventh member of the group is later arrested and learns that they have been brutally tortured by authorities. He survives to tell their story, but the six are never found, numbering among the hundreds of students who were kidnapped and are still missing.
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