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Digging up the past

The Rialto Cinema is continuing its tribute to the Hispanic cinema on Thursday with the screening of the Peruvian film Without an Identity at 9pm.

The film follows Fidel – played by Paul Vega – a forensic anthropologist in Lima who leads a group who help people find their missing relatives from the internal civil war that took place in Peru between 1980 and 2000.

The team, whose job is to use forensic science and basic detective work to identify the corpses of people who disappeared during the specific time-frame, is surprisingly jolly. This is perhaps the defense mechanism they use to be able to cope with the task, but at times the psychological toll on them leaks through.

So they go on tying to identity bodies to be able to bring justice to murderers and bring closure to families who have spent years without knowing what has happened to their loved ones. One such family member who finds hope in the team’s work is Senora Graciela – played by Antonieta Pari – who is desperately optimistic that one of the bodies might be her husband, Pedro, who was pulled off a bus by military police in 1988 and never heard from again.

Without an Identity
Screening of the 2014 Spanish drama. July 21. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 9pm. €5. With English and Greek subtitles. Tel: 77-777745

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